How to Cook Basmati Rice on Stove
basmati rice


1 cup of rice

1.5 cups of mineral water

2 tbsp of olive oil, vegetable oil or ghee

0.5 tsp salt

plus water for washing rice


  1. Wash rice in a pot changing water 2-3 times.
  2. Fill a pot with water and leave the rice to soak for 20-30 min. Then get rid of this water and rinse the rice well.
  3. Place washed rice into the pot, and cover it with water (it would be for each 1 cup of rice 1.5 cups of water). Add oil and salt. Cook on medium-high heat till all water, which covered the rice has gone. It would take approximately 7 minutes.
  4. Cover pot with a lid and cook on a LOW fire for 5 minutes. Then switch off the fire, open the lid, mix rice with a fork and cover the pot with a lid. Leave pot (without touching lid) for 10 min (preferably oh the same spot where you cooked it). Enjoy!


  1. Use any herbs or seasoning with your rice, same with oil. Try instead of oil add a nob of butter.
  2. Never touch the lid (I mean never lift it). By doing this you are letting steam escape. 

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