Perfect microwave basmati rice is not at all a fairy tale. You can make it at home, easily. Basmati rice is one of the easiest rice to cook with a pleasant aroma. Basmati rice is the usual rice used to make pulavs (pilaf), biriyani etc. Most people use a large vessel or rice cooker to cook the rice. But if you are serving a small group or just cooking for two, that will be a difficult mess. Here you can opt for the microwave method.
Cooking rice in the microwave will never change its texture, color or taste. Everything remains the same making cooking easy and this will surely be an efficient method. You don’t have to use lots of water, drain the excess water after cooking or any mess. You can serve directly from the microwave to dining table.
The secret to the perfect microwave rice is in the amount of water you measure. Less water makes the rice dry. More water makes it mushy. Also, use large microwave safe bowls to cook the rice so that there will be enough space for the rice to expand. Make sure not to close the lid tightly or the lid will explode when steam builds up inside.
Perfect Microwave Basmati Rice
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1.5 cup water
- Salt to taste
Wash the rice in cold water until the water becomes clear. This will remove any dirt and excess starch in rice. The rice will not be sticky.
Then drain the rice.
Pour water to a large microwave safe bowl. Add salt and drained rice into it. Mix well.
Place a lid on top of the bowl. Do not close the lid tightly.
Place the bowl in the microwave oven.
Cook on high power (power level 10) for 5 minutes. (The default power level setting is usually high).
The water will start to boil. If it doesn't,continue cooking on high power until it starts to boil.
After 5 minutes, cook for 15 minutes on medium power (power level 5).
Keep it closed for 5 minutes.
Refer your microwave manual for adjusting the power level.
The boiling time for water depends upon the power capacity of your microwave oven.
You are done. Your perfect microwave rice is ready in under 30 minutes. Now make whatever you want with the rice. If you don’t know what flavors to add up, we are here to help. This month we will be doing lots of Delicious Rice recipes. Pick your favorite flavor and start cooking.