How to Make Perfect Brown Basmati Rice


Learn how to cook delicious, healthy whole grain basmati rice on the stovetop.

Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 serves

Basmati rice is aromatic, long-grained rice that comes in brown and white varieties. Unlike white rice, brown basmati rice is considered a whole grain since it still has a germ and bran coating from not being milled. The nutty taste and unique texture make this ingredient an excellent base for most rice dinners. The first step, though, is perfecting the rice. Learn how to make delicious, whole grain basmati rice by following the instructions below.


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  • 1 cup brown basmati rice

  • Kosher salt


  1. In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine rice, 2 cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt.

  2. Bring to a boil.

  3. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 50 minutes. (Do not lift the lid or stir!)

  4. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.

    overhead view of a bowl of rice with a napkin, fork and glass on a teal surface
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