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Perfect Basmati Rice | How to Make Basmati Rice Using the Finger Method | Fluffy Basmati Rice

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

I find rice really easy to make, but it wasn't always that way! I had to figure out (by lots of trial and error) how to make perfect, fluffy basmati rice without throwing out the water. And here is how you do it! It's easy when you know how! Let me show you!!

Perfect Basmati Rice Recipe Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes (Approx)


  • Basmati Rice

  • Water

  • Salt

  • Oil (optional)


Measure out how much rice you need. I like to use handfuls to estimate how much I need, using 1 handful of rice grains per person.

Place the rice in a sieve and wash it under running water until the water runs clear.

Place the washed rice in an appropriate sized pan (see video).

Add enough cold tap water until it covers the rice. Shake the pan to flatten the rice.

Continue to add water until the water level reaches the first line on your index finger when it's placed in the pan with the finger-tip touching the top level of the rice (see video).

Add enough salt and a dash of oil. The oil helps keep the grains separated but you can leave it out and the rice will still be great!.

Bring the uncovered pan to a boil on a medium-high heat. Make sure your gas or electric ring is of the appropriate size.

Once the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until the water evaporates so that the bubbles are at the same level as the top of the rice.

Then reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover the pan. Cook the rice for a further 7 minutes (longer for more rice).

Once the cooking time is up, turn off the heat.

At this time, using a knife or the handle of a spoon, incorporate some air into the rice. This ensures separate grains.

Cover the pan if you are not eating it immediately.

To reheat, simply microwave, or add a touch of water and reheat on a low heat on the stove.


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