13 Best Basmati Rice Recipes

It is commonly used for making royal biryanis but there's a lot more that you can do with Basmati rice.

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: February 27, 2020 16:52 IST

13 Best Basmati Rice Recipes

Basmati rice recipes you can try at home.

  • You may have tried a biryani with Basmati rice, now try a lovely pilaf
  • Why restrict Basmati rice to Indian cuisine? Try Schezwan Chicken Rice
  • Give kheer a fruity twist with apples, grapes & Basmati rice

Basmati Rice Recipes - Basmati is a special type of long-grained rice. These long and slender grains are known for their distinct aroma and are native to the Indian subcontinent. The word 'Basmati' has been actually derived from a Hindi word, which means 'fragrant'. It is commonly used for making royal biryanis but there's a lot more that you can do with Basmati rice. If you haven't experimented with it yet, here are our 10 best Basmati rice recipes to try. 

Tips to Cook Basmati Rice

It is very easy to cook with Basmati rice and you can use it in a variety of dishes such as Zafrani Pulao, Kale Chane Ki Biryani or Payesh as long as you get it right - it shouldn't be mushy or chewy. Keep these simple tips in mind while cooking Basmati rice:

  • Soak the grains in water for at least 20 minutes before cooking them.
  • Let the water boil first, before you add the soaked grains.
  • You can add a teaspoon of ghee in the boiling water to add flavour and to prevent the rice grains from sticking to each other.
  • You can even add some whole spices like cardamom and cloves in the water to infuse a lovely flavour and aroma in the rice. 
  • While the rice is being cooked, keep stirring it occasionally and let it be on a high flame till it is cooked 60 per cent after which you can reduce the flame. 
  • Once the rice is cooked, drain the excess water immediately else it may get mushy. 

Now that you know how to cook Basmati rice the right way, use it for a delicious preparation that you've not tried before. 

Presenting, our collection of some amazing Basmati rice recipes that you will definitely want to add to your cookbook. 

1. Brown Basmati Pilaf

You may have tried a biryani with Basmati rice, now try this lovely pilaf with brown Basmati rice which is a healthier version with key ingredients such as broccoli, carrot and black chana. This pilaf is loaded with sweet and sour flavours and is great for your lunchbox. 

brown riceBasmati Rice recipes- This pilaf is loaded with sweet and sour flavours.

2. Payesh

Try this creamy Bengali dessert made with Basmati rice, milk, cardamom, nuts and fragrant rose water. A luscious, tasty Indian dessert that you won't be able to resist during the festive season of Durga Puja.

Basmati Rice recipes- Payesh is a popular Bengali dessert. 

3. Kale Channe Ki Biryani

How can we not have Basmati recipe for biryani? A great twist to the regular fare, with interesting ingredients like black gram, cardamom and nuts like almonds and cashew nuts. This robust biryani is a perfect one-pot meal for a luncheon with friends. 

biryaniBasmati Rice recipes- A great twist to the regular fare, this biryani is made with kala channa and basmati rice.

4. Chicken Schezwan Rice

Why restrict Basmati rice to Indian cuisine? Try this Indo-Chinese fried rice with chicken, shrimp, soy, vinegar, mushrooms, chilli sauce and celery.

4jlrmt88Basmati Rice recipes- A perfect rice recipe with a fusion of schezwan sauce.

5. Achari Murgh with Desi Ghee Khichdi

A perfect meal to enjoy on a breezy day. This bowl of khichdi made with Basmati rice, heaps of desi ghee andmoong dal. It is served with spicy chicken sauteed in masalas to take the subtle flavors of the khichdi up a notch.

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Basmati Rice recipes-  Spicy chicken sauteed in masalas to take the subtle flavors of the khichdi up a notch.​

6. Apple Kheer

A fruity twist to the good old milky kheer, this one is loaded with sweet apples chunks, juicy red grapes and crunchy nuts. A whole lot of flavours and textures. 
apple kheerBasmati Rice recipes- A fruity twist to the good old milky kheer

7. Chicken Paella

Try this interesting Spanish dish with ingredients such as Basmati rice, chicken, olive and bell peppers enriched with the saffron and garlic. 

paellaBasmati Rice recipes- Paella is an interesting rice dish from Spain.

8. Gosht Motia Pulao

A rich and hearty pulao layered with rice, drizzled with a saffron syrup and topped with minced meatballs.

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biryaniBasmati Rice recipes- A rich and heart pulao with meatballs and basmati rice.

9. Gulab Phirni

No one can resist this utterly delicious and festive dessert. Make it to celebrate a happy occasion or simply when you are craving something sweet. Milk, saffron, rose water, cardamom and Basmati rice come together to give you this gorgeous treat. 

phirniBasmati Rice recipes- A beautiful looking dessert made with Basmati rice.

10. Zafrani Pulao

Recreate the famous zafrani pulao in the comfort of your kitchen. It's a perfect dish to serve and please a dinner gathering.

zafrani pulaoBasmati Rice recipes- A rich and flavourful pulao recipe with the goodness of milk, almonds and cashews.

11. Easy Coconut Rice

One of the most favourite South Indian food, easily made at home using fresh coconut. Coconut rice is the comfort food that can be relished throughout the year with this easy recipe. A great lunch recipe which is light on stomach yet extremely high on nutrients.

hsft3rnoBasmati Rice recipes-  Easy, quick and appetizing this rice recipe is a must try!

12. Lemon Rice

A quick and easy rice preparation enhanced with distinct flavours of lemon juice, curry leaves, turmeric, whole chillies and mustard seeds.

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Basmati Rice recipes-  A tangy and delicious rice recipe for your next lunch menu!

13. Vegetable Fried Rice

Nutritious veggies are sauteed with garlic, chilli and steamed rice along with oriental sauces like soy sauce. Flavourful rice in just 20 minutes with goodness of veggies. A delicious Indo-Chinese dish!

fried riceBasmati Rice recipes-  A lip-smacking rice dish full of spicy flavours and nutritious veggies!

The beauty of Basmati rice is that it can be transformed into any kind of dish. Hope you enjoy cooking with it. 

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