The Best Basmati Rice Recipes for a Delicious Meal


As a rice trader in India and abroad, I have come across numerous rice varieties and dishes. However, there’s nothing quite like the aromatic and flavorful Basmati rice. It’s a staple in Indian cuisine and is enjoyed all around the world. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of the best Basmati rice recipes that are sure to make your taste buds dance.

1. Classic Basmati Rice

The classic Basmati rice recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any dish. It’s simple to make and pairs well with curries, stews, and grilled meats. To prepare, rinse one cup of Basmati rice and soak it in water for 20 minutes. In a pot, heat two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add the soaked rice, reduce the heat, cover, and let it cook for 18-20 minutes. Once done, fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.

Tip: To enhance the flavor, add a few whole spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves while cooking.

2. Pulao

Pulao is a popular rice dish that’s cooked with a variety of vegetables, meat, or seafood. To make the perfect Pulao, start by heating oil or ghee in a pan. Add whole spices like cumin seeds, bay leaves, and cloves. Once the spices release their aroma, add chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent. Next, add diced tomatoes, vegetables or meat of your choice, and sauté for a few minutes. Then, add the soaked Basmati rice, water, salt, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Once done, garnish with fresh coriander leaves or fried onions.

Tip: Add saffron soaked in warm milk for a beautiful yellow color and added flavor.

3. Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a fragrant rice dish that’s cooked with a blend of Indian spices and tender chicken pieces. To prepare, marinate chicken pieces in yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, and biryani spices for at least 30 minutes. In a pan, heat oil or ghee and sauté sliced onions until they turn golden brown. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook until they’re browned on all sides. In a separate pot, cook the soaked Basmati rice until it’s half-done. Layer the cooked chicken on top of the rice and sprinkle fried onions, mint leaves, and saffron milk. Cover and cook on low heat for another 10-15 minutes.

Tip: To make it vegetarian, replace chicken with vegetables or paneer.


Basmati rice is not only delicious but also versatile. With these recipes, you can explore the various ways in which Basmati rice can be enjoyed. So, go ahead, try them out, and let me know which one is your favorite.