Plain Basmati Rice

Basmati chaaval

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By Madhur Jaffrey

Published 2023

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I was brought up with this fine-grained rice. Now, as it has become quite expensive, it is only served at festive occasions and at parties.


  • enough basmati rice to fill a glass measuring jug to the 425 ml/15 fl oz level
  • ¾ teaspoon


  1. Pick over the rice and put it in a bowl. Wash in several changes of water. Drain. Pour 1.25 litres/2 pints of fresh water over the rice and let it soak for 30 minutes. Leave to drain in a sieve for 20–30 minutes.
  2. Combine the rice, salt, butter and measured water in a heavy pot. Bring to the boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce the heat to very low and c