Easy Indian Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

I love Indian food.  The problem is that I don’t have any experience with Indian cooking, or traditional Indian spices so I was always scared to try cooking it in my own kitchen.  Instead I forked over the money for Indian take-out, wishing I could make my own!   Finally,  I decided I was going to learn how to make basmati rice, Indian style.  

easy Indian Basmati Rice Recipe

How authentic is this recipe?  It tastes so much like our favorite Indian restaurant that Matthew thought I bought it from there!  And here’s the best part – it’s so easy to make! You can be a total Indian food cooking newbie and totally nail this basmati rice recipe!  

Let’s talk rice first because not all rice is created equal.  Indian rice calls for basmati (baz-mah-tee) rice which is a long grain rice that’s more expensive than typical plain white rice.   You will find various brands of it in your local grocery store but here’s the one I use.  Basmati rice is my favorite, not just because of the taste but the smell – it smells amazing!

Nutritionally, white and basmati rice have pretty much the same calorie content as basmati rice is about 200 calories per 1 cup cooked rice.
How to cook basmati rice

How to make basmati rice:

To make good basmati rice requires soaking it for 20 minutes before cooking.  This is going to make a good texture in the rice, and also make it a little bit physically longer when cooked.  Trust me for this, you really want to soak your basmati rice before cooking it so please don’t skip this step!
soaking basmati rice for 20 minutes

Can you see that just from soaking it for 20 minutes has already made the rice noticeably more fluffy?
how to make fluffy basmati rice
The process of making basmati rice is pretty easy, although it requires a few spices.  The way to get that delicious tasting rice calls for ground cinnamon, cumin, cloves and cardamom.  When you mix that with the vegetable oil, you’re creating a base for the rice to soak in so each piece of rice is going to be packed with flavor!
Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetable to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

And when the rice starts boiling in the water with all those spices – oh my! Your kitchen is going to smell like a food lovers dream!  Indian food in some of the most fragrant food and this Indian basmati rice is going to smell great!
roasted brussels sprouts and basmati rice

You can serve the basmati rice as a side dish or pair it up some roasted vegetables to make a full vegetarian dinner!  I love roasting broccoli and brussels sprouts in olive oil and cumin – it compliments the rice really well!
Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!  Enjoy!

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Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

 Looking for more rice recipes? Try my Buttered Cabbage and Rice or Chinese Fried Rice!

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Easy Indian Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice! This easy recipe uses basmati rice and fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Place basmati rice in a medium sized bowl, covering it completely with water.  Let it sit for 20 minutes, and then drain the rice.   Doing this is going to provide the rice a great texture - please don't skip this step.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Add cinnamon, cumin, cloves and cardamom to oil and stir until all combined.

  3. Add rice to saucepan and stir until completely coated with spices, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add salt and water to saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover with lid and reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove rice from stove, fluff with a fork and serve.

 

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