Basmati Rice – Basic Indian Recipe


There is a Indian restaurant that my husband and I frequent regularly – The Modern India Buffet in Hamilton, Ontario. The owner, one savvy restaurateur, has consistently built up his clientele by having a reasonably priced menu with food that is fantastic in quality and taste. Here is his Indian Basmati Rice recipe.

Basmati Rice (best quality you can find)

Onions, thinly sliced

Vegetable Oil, for frying

1 Cinnamon Stick

2 -3 Bay Leaves

Cardamom, ground

Cumin Seeds

Coriander, ground

Hot Water (boiled)

  1. Rinse rice under cold water until the water runs clear
  2. Place rice in bowl and cover with water and allow to soak 2 hours
  3. While the rice is still soaking, using a large pan with a tight fitting lid, gently fry onions and spices together in vegetable oil until the onions become soft and start to turn a reddish colour
  4. Drain and rinse the rice and add it to the pan with the onion mixture and stir to combine
  5. Add a quarter of an inch of hot (boiled) water above the rice mixture, cover tightly with lid and allow the rice to cook on very low heat for 10 – 15 minutes
  6. Remove lid to test for doneness, but replace it immediately so that the steam does not escape
  7.  If rice is not yet tender, cook for a few more minutes. Once it’s ready, remove lid, remove and discard bay leaves, mix gently to fluff and serve immediately.


Sandy King


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2 responses to “Basmati Rice – Basic Indian Recipe

  1. Some of the spices do not have exact measures noted – please use less to start and add more if you prefer a spicier taste.

  2. In order to succeed this recipe you have to use Diamond Pearl Basmati Rice. This is a Pure Indian Basmati rice. If you want more informations go on the website or send a mail at

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