Over the years I have struggled with cooking rice the most, it never turned out like I wanted it to (separate grains and flavourful). My brother always made the best rice dishes and I would ask him to teach me but he didn’t want to share his recipe or way otherwise he would no longer be the best at cooking rice.
However, one night at his flat he was cooking a beautiful pomegranate and walnut chicken curry (out of this world) and he wanted a hand washing up so I took a sneak peak at how he cooked his rice. It was so easy I could not believe he didn’t teach me before. He does add Indian seasonings such as cardamom pods and cumin but I use salt and it tastes just as good! If not better.
This recipe uses only 4 ingredients, I even cook my own rice when getting a takeaway instead of spending extra money on a side of rice, I can cook mine while I wait! There is an art to cooking rice, but once you get the hack, its so easy and you will never get it wrong ever again.
- Large pinch of salt
- 2-3 Tbsp of cooking oil
- basmati white rice
- Boiling water
- Get a saucepan with a lid and add in how much rice you would normally for one, or a family etc. I use around 3 cups of rice for 2 adults and 2 young children.
- Boil the kettle around half full.
- Add in 2-3 Tablespoons of cooking oil, I use olive oil.
- Stir into the rice and turn on a medium heat, do not stop stirring or it can burn at this point.
- Add in your large pinch of salt, keep stirring until you can see your rice is coated with a little oil and salt.
- Stop stirring and add in your boiling hot water, just about cover the rice. Do not add less!
- Don’t stir at all after the water is added (this is the hack) and cover with a lid on a medium/low heat. It should take around 10 minutes, if you notice the rice loses water quickly and isn’t cooked enough just add a little more water and don’t stir.
- After 10 minutes you will have the perfect boiled rice. It really is one of the most easiest things once you know how!
How to Cook Perfect Basmati Rice Video
It's worth noting that the quality of the rice you choose will have a big impact on how it turns out, which is why you should opt for a basmati rice, and it usually works out cheaper to buy rice in bulk online.