How to cook brown basmati rice?

How to cook brown basmati rice? Cooking brown basmati rice is fairly simple, and it requires a bit more time compared to white rice due to its higher fiber content and tougher outer layer. Here’s a basic method to cook brown basmati rice:


  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.

  2. Soak the rice (optional). Soaking the rice for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking can help reduce the cooking time and improve the texture. If you choose to soak, drain the rice after soaking.

  3. Combine rice and water. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of brown basmati rice with 2 cups of water. If you soaked the rice, reduce the water by about 1/4 cup.

  4. Add salt (optional). Add salt to taste, if desired. This step is optional but can enhance the flavor of the rice.

  5. Bring to a boil. Bring the rice and water to a boil over medium-high heat.

  6. Reduce the heat and simmer. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, and let it simmer. Simmering time can vary, but it typically takes about 40–45 minutes for brown basmati rice.

  7. Check for doneness. After 40 minutes, check the rice for doneness. The grains should be tender but still have a slight chewiness. If needed, continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes.

  8. Let it rest. Once the rice is done, remove it from the heat and let it rest for 5–10 minutes with the lid on. This allows the remaining steam to finish cooking the rice.

  9. Fluff with a fork. After resting, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.

Your brown basmati rice is now ready to be served as a side dish or as part of your favorite recipes. Enjoy!


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