Rice (Plain White)

April 21st, 2008 filed under Gluten Free, Rice, Vegan
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There are many varieties of rice and everyone has their favorite. My favorite is Basmati rice; I like the aroma and texture of Basmati rice. Rice can be very plain or very colorful. Rice is easy to cook and can be served as a side dish or a main dish. Plain rice is served with lentils, dal, or a gravy-based dish.

Serves 3 to 4.

Rice White Plain


  • 1 cup Basmati rice or long grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  1. Wash rice gently changing water several times until the water appears clear.
  2. For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Cooked rice expands to about 3 times its original size, so be sure to use the proper size pan.
  4. Drain the rice and put into the saucepan. Add the water, oil, and salt, bring to a boil and turn the heat to low, and cover the pan.
  5. Cook rice for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated.
  6. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.


  1. If rice has been soaking longer then half an hour use 2 tablespoons water less.
  2. Check the rice after about 12 minutes, stirring gently. If rice is not ready cover it again and cook a few more minutes.
  3. When rice is ready but you feel it is too wet, turn off the heat and keep the cover open half way.
  4. Don’t check the rice repeatedly because water will evaporate faster and rice will not cook right. Also, the grains will break if you stir the rice frequently and then the rice will look and feel mushy.

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27 Responses to “Rice (Plain White)”

  1. FanofManjula says:

    If I may call you Auntie…:)….I have been following you since college….and I just found your website again today…I just popped out of the bed and said Manjula…I have missed your recipes so much…I love all things ethnic and I love cooking ethnic dishes also…a huge thank you for your time and patience for putting together a lovely website so that everyone may enjoy Indian food. Thank you

  2. Pankaj Sharma says:

    Thanks, aunty! :-)

  3. Karry says:

    What is so special about basmati rice ? i’ve tried it, and it doesnt really feel different from any ordinary long grain rice. Except at 4 times the price.
    At least jasmin rice actually has incredibly pleasant aroma, even uncooked. Compared to jasmin, basmati seemed quite bland to me.

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