How To Make Perfectly Cooked White Rice

Perfect white rice – every time!

Perfectly cooked white rice

Perfectly cooked white rice

This is a recipe that is certain to achieve brilliant results. I’ve made rice using this recipe thousands of times and it turns out perfectly each and every time. Now I would like to show you how I do it.

Always use the best quality basmati rice you can get your hands on. Basmati rice is in my opinion the only rice you should use when making Indian food.

Many people have asked me how much rice to serve per person. I have found that 1 cup (250ml) of dry rice serves two people easily.

This white rice recipe may seem a bit long and drawn out but trust me here. If you want perfection, you’re going to get it here.

To make this white rice recipe you need a sauce pan with a tight fitting lid. Never fill your pan more than one third full or the rice will not cook correctly.

For your information, rice to water ratio is alway 1 measure of rice to 1 1/2 water.

Serves 4


2 cups (500ml) basmati rice
3 cups 750ml water
A pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon butter

Pour the rice in a large bowl and cover with water. Swirl the rice around in the water with your hand until the water becomes milky.

Drain and repeat until the water runs clear. Ten to 15 changes of water is not out of the question.

Now cover the rice one more time with fresh water and allow to soak for 30 minutes.

Drain after 30 minutes and then cover the rice with three cups of fresh water. Add the butter and salt and cover with the lid.

Bring to a rapid boil and then turn off the heat.

DO NOT be tempted to lift the lid for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, lift the lid and fluff the rice very carefully with a fork.

I say carefully because basmati rice will split and become mushy if handled to harshly. Simply run the fork through the rice slowly separating all the grains.


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  1. says

    Hi Dan
    I think I am a reasonably competent cook but have always been terrified of cooking rice after a series of disasters. (I use boil in the bag!)I will trust you with this this weekend, however, as your Lamb Saag was so bloody good last weekend!Cheers!!

    • Dan Toombs says

      Thank you AnneMarie. :-). Trust me with this one. It works. Be sure to use the best quality Basmati rice you can find. Tilda will be fine.


  2. Steve says

    Hi Dan

    I have tried a couple of your curry recipes. Both were excellent.

    I thought you might be interested how I cook my rice, quickly .

    Half a mug of rice .

    Just under a mug of water.

    I wash and rinse several times. Leave to soak for 30mins or more, then drain the water.

    Put into a Pyrex bowl and cover.

    Now here’s the difference……….bring to boil in……….. a Microwave (shock horror I hear!) set at full power for 4mins 30secs.

    Reset at low power for 7mins 30 secs. (times will vary according to Microwave specs.)

    That will be enough for one largish portion.

    If more is required the intial time will increase due to the extra water (hence the Pyrex bowl), but the low power cycle is the same.

    Once the cooking times for a particular microwave is established the results are identical every time and no clock watching!

    I look forward to your comments



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