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Special fragrant basmati rice cooking style

Updated on September 2, 2012

Just like the any types of rice we usually cook, the basmati rice has both white and brown variants.

What makes this rice is so unique is the distinct fragrance and the taste from the long grain, soft, fluffy and somehow lighter than any other kind of rice that you probably ever taste.

When cooked the long grain will not stick to each other, which make it even more fascinating.

The first time I have savored basmati rice; I told to myself this is one of a kind that no other rice in this world can have the very same distinctive taste.

The brown version of basmati rice has subtle nutty flavor, which make it even more special.

Some rice expert believe that this rice has a lot more character as it mature in storage before reach its best flavor and fragrance, that a lot of people are crazy about.

In other words, the best way to choose basmati rice is to look for the one that has been stored for few months to reach maturity, which means they will bring more deep and plentiful flavor in return.

Kind of reminding us with wine, the quality is getting better the older they are. This unique species was first discovered in India, mostly grown on lower hill of Himalaya, and also been widely cultivated in Pakistan.

They are used in various Middle East and of course the Indian cuisines, they can be used as a main dish or side dishes, either way they are just equally delicious.

You can have a combination of curry with basmati rice, or just eat the rice without anything else and just relying on its original fluffy, fragrance, taste, it is just so addictive.


Traditional basmati rice cooking method

You can easily find basmati rice in Indian or Middle East grocery stores, or perhaps any major supermarket near you.

People have their own preparing method, but you probably want to enjoy the rice in a more traditional, and original way of cooking, the one simple method that will not fail to satisfy your taste bud.

Cooking basmati rice in rice cooker will never be as better as cooking it in a bowl or sauce pan, the traditional way.

However, you if you still prefer the more practical rice cooker than you are good to go; the rice will still have a very good taste in my opinion.

The first step before cooking is to wash the rice, you might want to wash and rinsing them two or better three times to make sure it is really clean from any possible dirt or starch.

Now get around 2 cups of rice wash them couple of times, and soak them in cold water, leave it for about half an hour. Why soaking it? Soaking offer some benefits, make the rice to have lighter texture and shortened the cooking time.

What more important is soaking will remove any impurities left. Now after thirty minutes, drain the rice.

Get about 3 .5 quart of water into a 5 quart sauce pan and let the water to boil. After boiling get the rice into the boiled water and keep stirring for half a minute to avoid the rice get stuck on the bottom.

Leave the rice to boil for about 5 minutes, don’t put the lid on, leave it open. After 5 minutes, turn the heat off, get the rice to drain, you might need strainer, or sieve, and separate any water from the rice, and now ready for serving.

That is probably the easiest way of cooking basmati rice, if you have the other method to cook it, please share with us.


Basmati rice calories


Healthy basmati rice nutrition facts

The rice has low-fat level, and it is gluten-free, while contain important amino acids, zero cholesterol, lower sodium level, as well as beneficial folic acid.

What more can you ask?

In addition, another basmati rice nutrition facts has to offer is the relatively lower glycaemic index.

Which means the calories absorbed will be released in form of energy with a slower rate, resulting a better and balance of energy level in overall.

Sound great, balance is good, don’t you think?

Basmati rice is a versatile type of meal, that you can have during the day, or for dinner, some countries also enjoy the rice as breakfast in the morning.

Basmati rice are widely available all over the globe, mostly purchase-able in major supermarket, or specialty grocery stores.

What are you waiting for? Grab a bag of basmati rice, and enjoy the wonderful taste and nice aroma, which what makes this rice is so famous for.


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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Hello alocsin, yes fragrant rice just like basmati and jasmine will add new dimension to your dish, thank you for the vote, wish you all the best

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love basmati rice so thanks for offering a good way to cook it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Hi kelleyward , love the Fragrant rice too, thank you for stopping by and for the vote... glad that you are here...

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Yum I can smell the rice now. Fragrant rice is one of my very favorites. Voted up and shared! Kelley