Basmati Rice

We have always enjoyed Basmati rice, and started making it at home years ago after having eaten it at restaurants many times. This is a great dish served with sides, including Indian dishes. My kids love this rice, requesting that I make this for them often.


~ 1.5 cups Basmati rice
~ 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
~ 2 cinnamon sticks
~ 2 whole cloves
~ 1 tsp cardamom powder
~ 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
~ 1 cup frozen peas
~ salt, to taste
~ 2.5 cups water
~ optional: small onion, chopped and caramelized

* For double the recipe, use 3.5 cups water.


Begin by soaking the rice in water for approximately 20 minutes.

I prepare all my spices at once in a pinch bowl (leaving out the salt).

Heat your oil or butter, and add your spices.  Stir frequently, keeping on medium heat, and be careful not to burn the spices.

Drain the water from your rice, and add to the drained rice (no water) to the pot.

Stir the rice for a few minutes in the oil/spice mixture, until the rice is lightly toasted.

Add 2.5 cups of water, as well as your salt and peas, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to LOW and simmer for about 15 minutes, until water is absorbed.  (Be careful that the temperature is not too high, or it will cook too fast and the rice will not be soft enough and require more water).

Allow to stand for 5 minutes, fluff carefully with a fork, and serve. Don’t forget to remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks before eating.

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  • ashley
    May 15, 2020

    I needed a new rice recipe and this looks great I can’t wait to try it

  • Playful Kale
    May 15, 2020

    I love trying different rice recipes. This looks really good, thanks for the post!

  • Shayla Marie
    May 15, 2020

    This looks lovely! Basmati rice is so good, I love how it smells like popcorn when it’s cooking!

  • Surabhi
    May 16, 2020

    We cook it daily at our home. Such a simple and wholesome food.

  • This rice sounds so yummy and healthy!

  • Vanessa
    May 22, 2020

    Wow Im going to try making this today, I love rice and it looks so good.

  • Jen Van Haitsma
    June 24, 2020

    Never heard of this! Sounds like an interesting blend of flavors

  • Katie Kinsley
    June 24, 2020

    I think this would be a good addition to a grilled chicken dish. I will pin for later!

  • Brenda
    June 24, 2020

    Hi it’s Brenda from I never heard of making rice like this before. It sounds so interesting.

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    June 25, 2020

    I just purchased a bag of basmati rice and was wondering what to do with it. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Bolupe
    June 25, 2020

    Basmati Rice can get a bit tricky to cook, Some times, it gets too soft and sometimes it’s too hard. I will be following your recipe in the hope to achieve that perfect texture.

  • Lynndee
    June 25, 2020

    Coming from Asia, we have rice with every meal. It’s a staple food for us. Your dish looks delish!

  • Kita Bryant
    June 25, 2020

    This rice looks perfectly cooked. It really brings a nice meal full circle!

  • Cathy mini
    June 26, 2020

    Looks yummy, this is a must try! Im excited about this. thankyou for sharing it.

  • Chef Dennis
    June 26, 2020

    This Basmati Rice is making my tummy growl. I want this on my plate right now.

  • Catalina
    June 26, 2020

    This basmati rice sounds so flavorful and easy to make! I am sure it will my new favorite side dish!

  • Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    June 26, 2020

    I must try this Basmati Rice one of these days. My husband will love to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ruth I
    June 27, 2020

    Oh I need to try this! I am not sure where to find this kind of rice in here but I will look. Yum!

  • Natalie
    June 27, 2020

    I absolutely love the spices you used in this recipe. I must give it a try. I think my family will love this recipe too.

  • Jessica Formicola
    June 29, 2020

    We love basmati rice, and this is the best recipe I’ve ever tried! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Forever My Little Moon
    July 20, 2021

    I love rice! I’ll have to give this dish a try!

  • Jasmine Hewitt
    July 20, 2021

    i really wanna try this, it loloks amazing!

  • Beth Pierce
    December 2, 2021

    Ive never tried Basmati Rice before but its time to try new recipes! Thanks for sharing this