Basmati Rice

absorption method

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    5½ cups

    • Difficulty


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By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Published 1998

  • About

In the absorption method, all the cooking water is absorbed by the rice. Basmati is, as always, soaked first. Traditionally the rice is then cooked in its soaking water, as described below.


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • cups water
  • 2 tablespoons


Wash the rice thoroughly in several changes of cold water. Let soak in the 2½ cups cold water for 30 minutes, then drain well in a sieve, reserving the water.

Place the rice in a heavy medium pot with the reserved water and bring to a vigorous boil. Stir gently, cover tightly, and turn the heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.