If you want your basmati rice to be soft and fluffy, with each grain separated from another, then all you have to do is to follow this recipe.


Basmati Rice
Basmati Rice


Usually, people have their rice cooker to cook their rice conveniently.  However, we are going to use a little bit of the traditional method by using a deep sauce pan.  Also, the following methods are important to help you achieve your goal:


  • Washing of rice- removes dirt, reduces starch and makes rice less sticky.
  • Soaking- reduce cooking time, lets the rice expand and help achieve the soft and fluffy texture.
  • Air drying- helps the rice to firm up after soaking.
  • Adding lemon juice- help the grains be separated from each other and whiten them even after cooking.




  • 1 cup of Basmati rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tsp. of ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice
  • salt




  1. Wash the basmati rice under cold running water until the water runs clear and then soak the rice in water for about 10-15 minutes.
  2. After 15 minutes, drain water and let the rice dry in a colander (or strainer) for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, get you deep, thick-bottomed saucepan over medium flame and heat the ghee.
  4. When it is hot already, add the rice and sauté it for a minute.
  5. Next, add the 2 cups of water, lemon juice and salt, and then mix the rice well.
  6. Bring the water into a boil and cover the sauce pan. Reduce the heat into the lowest flame possible and let the rice simmer for about 17-18 minutes.
  7. After 18 minutes, turn off the heat and let the rice stand for additional 10 minutes. It is also important that you do not open the lid within this time to help the rice firm up.
  8. Using a fork, fluff up the rice and serve or have it cool completely before storing into your refrigerator.


Time and Serving


  • Preparation : 30 minutes
  • Cooking : 18 minutes
  • Serving : makes 3-4 (equivalent of 4 ½ cups of rice)