Basmati Rice

By shahdan • June 14, 2015

4 servings
30 min
Basmati Rice

If cooking rice is something you think you cannot do, you haven’t tried cooking basmati rice. Basmati is the answer to anyone who finds cooking regular rice a nightmare.  It is so easy to cook and you end up with fluffy rice that it much lighter and tastier than traditional Egyptian rice.


  • 2 cup basmati rice - أرز بسمتي
  • 4 cup boiling water (from the kettle) - ماء ساخن
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - ملح
  • 1 large bay leaf (optional) - ورق لاورا
  • 3 pod cardamom (optional) - حبهان
  • 1 teaspoon butter (optional OR oil for vegan option) - زبدة

Step by step

  1. In a sieve, rinse the rice with water.
  2. Place the rice in a pot and stir in 4 cups of boiling water, salt, cardamom pods and bay leaf.
  3. Bring the rice to the boil then reduce the heat to a minimum and cover.
  4. Allow the rice to cook for 10- 15 minutes until the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked. (But don't stir the rice in the process).
  5. Remove the cardamom pods and the bay leaf, and use a fork to fluff up the rice.
  6. Optional: You may choose to add a knob of butter while the rice is still hot and lightly fluff up the rice and the melting butter with a fork.


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One response to “Basmati Rice”

  1. Shahira says:

    I did it without the butter but added mistika instead of the bay leaf and it was very tasty 🙂

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