When you hear the name Basmati Rice what comes into your mind? I’m sure by now you are reasoning why basmati rice and what is it all about? Not to worry, it’s nothing bad.
WHAT IS BASMATI RICE?
Basmati rice is one of the best known varieties of rice we have out there. The word “basmati” comes from the Sanskrit word “vasmati” which means “fragrant” or “aromatic.” Long-grained, extremely aromatic, with a light nutty flavour, basmati is mostly grown in the north of India and Pakistan, mainly using traditional growing methods. It is quite similar to long grain parboiled rice in terms of nutritional content but basmati rice is a soft rice variety hence if you try to prepare it with the method detailed for other Nigerian rice recipe, it will become disastrous!
3 PERFECT TIPS FOR BASMATI RICE
- You have to use the best quality Indian or Pakistani basmati rice, personally i used Tilda, but there are several other good quality brands available also.
- Rinse the rice with clean water, the water most not necessarily be clean like when rinsing Japanese rice. The essence of rinsing it is to get rid of some starch and to avoid sands as well. After that add little salt to the rice in the pot, before adding water for cooking. This method helps the salt absorb into the rice grains. Do not add salt after the rice is cooked, as your rice can taste salty.
- Use a tight fitting lid, or ideally, use aluminium foil, crimped tightly over the top of the sauce pan to make a good seal, so evaporation does not take place. The tightly covered pan lets the rice steam perfectly.
- I must say this, If you are to use basmati rice when preparing large quantities of rice, and add little water. It is safer to cook the rice in small batches in order to avoid it from becoming too watery. But if you still wish to cook it all at once, just add small amount not too much water when cooking ( what ever that comes out of it is all on you Lol)
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