Start with a good-quality basmati rice and measure out the amount you need. As a general rule, 1 part rice to 2 parts water is the ratio, so to make life easy, measure the quantity of rice in a cup and use the same cup to measure the water. Unless a recipe states otherwise, ⅓ cup is usually sufficient per adult portion. Pop the rice in a strainer and rinse under cold water about 1 minute to remove the excess starch. Shake off as much water as you can, then tip the rice into a pan. Now measure in twice as much cold water and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and leave untouched 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and, with the lid still on, leave the rice to stand 5 minutes. Run a fork through the rice and you will have delicious, fluffy basmati rice.