Basmati Rice

Rice plays a very important supporting role on the Indian table. It's an ingredient to know, cherish, and preserve in your kitchen. Here, Chef Saran teaches you a simple way to make sure it's fluffy and gently fragrant.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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4 cups long-grain basmati rice, rinsed until the water runs clear, then air-dried

1 teaspoon cloves

1 tablespoon cardamom pods

1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a large bowl, combine rice, cloves, cardamom pods, and cinnamon. Measure out 2 cups and place in a saucepan. (Reserve the rest in an airtight container for another time: rice will get more fragrant over time.) Add 4 cups of water and bring the rice to a boil, uncovered.
  2. When the water is boiling, stir the rice gently; then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook, 20 minutes. Do not remove the lid during the cooking time.
  3. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and, using a two-pronged fork, fluff the rice. Place in a bowl to serve.
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