How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave
Makes 4 sides of rice.Note: 18 minute cook-time does NOT include optional soak-time.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 people
- 1 1/2 cups dry basmati rice
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 TB olive oil, ghee, OR butter
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 bay leaves (optional)
Optional but recommended: Soak rice in water for at least 20 minutes before cooking. (Soaking helps to elongate the rice-- Skip if you don't have time.)
Rinse rice in a mesh sieve.
Add rice, water, oil, and bay leaves to a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover bowl with lid.
Microwave covered at 60% power for 12 minutes.* (See Recipe Notes). Remove the lid, and cook uncovered on 100% power for 6 minutes. Serve as a side dish, refrigerating or freezing leftover rice.
Leftovers:This rice is best served immediately, but can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 4 days. To reheat, add about a tablespoon of water, and microwave covered until warm (2-3 minutes).
*Keep in mind microwave cook times may vary depending on the microwave. This recipe was tested on a 900-watt machine.
*Note: Microwave recipes do not always 'double' well. To make larger batches, try increasing the cook-time by adding 3 minutes to the 'covered' cook-time for each 1/2 cup of rice added.
Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 79mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.6mg