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How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Dragon Wench » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:52 pm

This might seem like an awfully small thing to create a post on, but I was hunting for a good basmati rice recipe last night to make with a veggie curry and happened on this. Aside from adding some ghee and turmeric, I followed the instructions to the absolute letter, the results were the best I have ever had. Good rice can make a really important difference with curries, so decided to share in case anybody here dabbles in Indian food.

http://www.vegetarian-cooking-recipes-t ... -rice.html


Cooking basmati rice over a stove top

Ingredients for 3 servings of basmati rice:

basmati rice - 1 cup.
Water - 1 3/4 cup.
Salt (optional)- 1/4 tsp.

Preparation:

Take the rice in a flat plate and Clean rice of any impurities such as stones, husk if any.
Put dry rice in a pan and add water. Wash using your fingers which will remove extra starch and rinse 2-3 times till water runs clear.
Soak rice for 15-30 minutes. This will make rice absorb moisture and the grain will not break easily. That makes fluffy rice with each grain separated.

Cooking Method:

Use a heavy bottomed deep pan or pot which has a good lid. This will ensure that the rice will cook evenly. If you use a thin pot, the rice may not get cooked properly at the top while it will be done at the bottom.

In a medium sized heavy bottomed pan, add water, the washed and soaked rice, salt. (DW's note: if you add anything like ghee, turmeric, raisins etc. do it now)
Bring to boil. Put a lid in such a way that a little steam can escape easily and reduce flame to lowest.
Let cook for 15 minutes.
Switch the stove off. Close the lid properly and let the pot sit without opening the lid for 10-15 minutes. The rice will be completely cooked by then. Lightly fluff it with a fork and serve hot with any curry or dal.

Tips for cooking rice:

Care should be taken not to stir the rice vigoriously while it is cooking as that may break the grains.
Handle the rice carefully after the it is cooked completely. It will become mushy as the grains will break otherwise.
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby DARoot » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:53 pm

Dragon Wench --
There are MANY Members here who "dabble" in (and enjoy) Indian food...
Your recipe is MOST welcome ..
(Although, you may have to explain "ghee" to some of them ...)
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Dragon Wench » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:03 pm

lol, I was just noticing some Indian recipes here, which I actually saw some time ago... *sigh* My memory is like a sieve most days.
That site I pasted, btw, seems pretty good and fairly authentic, the bread and curry sections look like they might be worthwhile exploring. I *love* flatbread of all kinds, so I'm definitely going to try my hand at some of those they mention.

Ghee, for those who might not know, is clarified butter. It tends to come in a jar and is solidified; it resembles a pale golden spread. Most Indian grocery stores sell it, but if you can't find any, it's possible to make it, or if you are feeling lazy, you can substitute regular butter (doesn't have the same rich, nutty flavour and it is heavier, but it works fine)
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Pengy » Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:49 pm

Pengy loves indian food. Pengy from India!
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby DARoot » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:31 pm

Damnation, Pengy!
I'm now so confused ...
Pengy is from Antarctica ...
[But, his photo on another site looks Maori, or Indian...]
Pengy says he lives in Sweden [We will NOT discuss "Swedish Redheads" here ...]
Now Pengy says he is from India???
[And, one need NOT be from India to love Indian food, BTW ...]
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Time for bed, methinks ...
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Jac » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:25 am

He was born in India, moved to Sweden, and likes penguins. There, all the confusion has been cleared. :mockery:
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby gagatek » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:26 am

We're all citizens of the World, nowadays... :bouncy:
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Pengy » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:27 am

Hooray for Jac for understanding a Pengy!
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Re: How to Prepare Perfect Basmati Rice

Postby Sister » Mon May 07, 2012 1:42 pm

I love indian food. I have 6 or 7 indian curries and masalas - directly mixed for me by spice-dealers (:P) or ready-to-buy from marketeers.

My man loves them also very much.
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