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Perfect basmati rice: boiling method

For any one who struggles with the absorption method of rice cooking, Jo Pratt suggests boiling basmati rice in the same way as pasta. Watch the video to learn her fool-proof technique.

Always rinse the rice thoroughly in a sieve before cooking. Then add it to a large pan of boiling water. The rice will take 10-12 minutes to cook on a medium high heat. Once it’s ready, drain well and allow to stand in the sieve for 3 minutes. This will help the rice to finish steaming through for a perfect al dente texture. Finally, use a fork to separate the grains and create perfect, fluffy basmati rice.


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Thank you, no more rice pudding and an extra tip on quantity of rice for two - wonderful !

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EricaC16268 EricaC16268 Posted 05 Nov 2013 4:47 PM

whenever I am cooking rice and it tells me to rinse until the water runs clear of starch it takes an age to clean it of starrch never as quick as the chefs show :))))

underbank underbank Posted 04 Oct 2013 10:35 AM

What a pity that South Africans cannot watch your videos!!

psymom psymom Posted 21 Sep 2012 12:54 PM

This is ok - but personaly I would suggest some salt be added.- either to boiling water or, niot quite as good - after drained.

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Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 21 Jan 2011 1:59 PM

Why I can not watch this video???

akis103 akis103 Posted 21 Jan 2011 9:54 AM