Spiced Basmati Rice

Masaledar basmati

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By Madhur Jaffrey

Published 2023

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This is one of the finest – and most delicate – basmati rice dishes. It may be served with an Indian meal or with English dishes such as roast lamb or grilled chicken.


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


  1. Pick over the rice and put 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. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over a medium flame. When hot, put in the onion. Stir and fry until the onion bits have browned lightly. Add the rice, g