8 Tips for Fluffy & Non sticky Basmati Rice

Tip 1 The texture of cooked rice mainly depends on rinsing the rice. Wash the rice 2-3 times so that excess starch washes away. Do not skip this process.

Tip 2 Soak the rice: Soaking the rice kick-starts the absorption process, which. Soaking the rice shortens the cooking time, so you get the best flavorful result.

Tip 3 Add a few drops of lemon juice: Adding lemon juice when cooking vegetables or rice, helps to keep their color bright. Also, prevents the rice from sticking together.

Tip 4 Do not stir the rice repeatedly: Basmati rice is a delicate grain. Only stir the rice twice, after adding it to the boiling water to avoid lumps, and after adding salt.

Tip 5 Wide pot or pan: Basmati rice expands to about twice or three times its original length. So select a cooking pot accordingly.

Tip 6 Do not open the lid while simmering: In the absorption method, steam is an important part of the cooking process. If you open the lid, all the steam will escape and it will affect the rice texture.

Tip 7 Cooking time: For basmati rice, the exact cooking time cannot be predicted. For me, it takes 12 minutes. It can take 10-15 minutes, depending on the rice variety, the age of the rice.

Tip 7 Resting time: Once the rice is fully cooked, remove it from the heat and let it rest for 10 mins. If you stir the hot rice, the grains will break as they are still soft and moist.

Tip 8 Do not rest for more than 15 minutes. The rice grains will clump together and form lumps.