Indian-Style Basmati Rice


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Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

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The traditional Indian method for cooking basmati rice involves an elaborate but easy sequence of rinsing, soaking, and steaming the rice. This produces the most delicate basmati rice I know.


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place the rice in a large bowl and add cold water to cover by 3 inches. Swirl the rice around with your fingers until the water becomes cloudy, then put the rice in a strainer to drain. Repeat the process until the water remains clear. This will take 4 to 6 rinsings. Drain th