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Rice (Plain White)

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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

Ingredients:

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

Method:

  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.

Tips:

  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.

28 thoughts on “Rice (Plain White)

  1. 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. 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.

  3. My family love Indian vegetarian food. I also really like your website and watching your video. I just cooked your basmati rice recipe and love it. I’ve tried several other recipes, but this one is my favorite — just perfect taste and consistency. I really like your website and and learn a lot about healthy Indian cooking. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. hello manjula anunty ur recipes are superb i ve tried few of them & al tasted well,,,,,,, thnk u so much
    GOD BLESS YOU

  5. Gd morn Aunty …..MY name is Natalia from Sharjah. u have wonderful receipes… i came across ur site few days back…. and yesterday just popped in for ur rice receipe (ie) the plain rice…i was very scared making rice wit Basmathi cos it comes sticky. After going thru ur receipe for plain rice i tried it yesterday and it came out perfect…. My hus just loved cos usually we have kerala rice… we r having some guest this friday and i want to make this plain rice… my one doubt is how long wil u soak rice for 9 cups of Basamati.is it 15 mins or more? hope to hear frm u soon… thankin u

  6. Hi Manjula

    I’m writing from Chile, in Southamerica. I love all your recipes. They are just perfect!
    I wonder if for the others preparations with white rice, do I have to wash rice too?

  7. Hi Manjula
    Thank you so much for your recipes. If we use a rice cooker to cook rice, we don’t need to follow steps 2 and 3. Am I correct ? I am using rice cooker to cook :(

  8. Thank you so much for your wonderful cooking lessons. You are truly a great teacher. Today I made your dosa with the shredded zuchini. They were delicious, especially the ones with cheese and tomatoes. Thank you Majula.
    Sincerely,
    Laurie from Michigan

  9. Thanks for the technique and recipe for perfect rice! I really need to watch my money right now and cannot afford to throw away food that is not cooked improperly. All of your recipes have taught me that even the most humble of ingredients with a modest investment in spices can be turned into flavorful, wonderful, and healthy meals that when cooked properly, can be meals I am proud to serve!

  10. cooking rice is so simple your way but i dont know why my rice becomes hard after a day even after storing it in airtight container in the refrigerater

  11. Hello Aunty,
    Namaste ..Thanks for posting the recipe to make perfect basmati rice.
    Can you please tell me from where you bought the steel saucepan which you have used in this recipe.
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    1. Check stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Homegoods, Marshall’s, Williams-Sonoma and other similar stores with a good cooking supplies department.

  12. I am 28 years of age. My parents keep on traveling to native village. It high time that I should learn the basic of at least cooking rice. Cos it cost me to order form outside.

  13. Ms Manjula,

    I would like to thank you for posting this simple way of cooking rice. People need to move away from rice cookers and other gadgets for cooking rice. Thank you for all your recipes. We need to see you on the Food Network. You will probably say no. Your personality comes across as very humble and kind and self-giving. Thank you again. Continued success with your site. Don’t stop. We need you.

  14. Ms. Manjula, Thank you for posting these recipes!! I love Indian cuisine and had been searching for authentic recipes for a while prior to finding your site. I love it and will be using many of your recipes. Please keep posting. Best wishes.

  15. wow, i had no clue u had to wash the rice and let it soak! i think that’s why my rice comes out kinda yellowish and small. Thank you so much. I really enjoy watching these videos.

  16. Great recipe. I had to leave behind my rice cooker after I moved, and I was having a lot of trouble making rice on the stovetop. Rinsing and soaking made all the difference. Thanks!

  17. Hello! You are right! many people really dont know how to cook rice. Here in Brazil it is very common to eat rice and beans. It is always the main dish.

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