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Perfect Basmati Rice

Servings 4


  • 1-2 tbsp oil
  • 300 ml basmati or jasmine rice
  • 450 ml cold water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear (no longer milky colour).
  • Place the oil and rice into a pan and mix well.
  • Add the cold water and salt, and bring to boil, mixing occasionally so that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan.
  • Once the water boils, bring the heat down, mix once more through the bottom of the pan, and leave the rice to simmer for 10 minutes under a lid, or until all the water has been absorbed.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Mix by lifting the rice gently with a fork or similar to make sure the rice grains don't stick.
  • Your rice is ready to be served!