Advice on How to Cook Basmati Rice

 For people that are not fortunate enough to be blessed with high-octane culinary skill, the thought of how to cook Basmati rice is sure to be met with an ominous mix of ignorance and trepidation. And matters are exacerbated by the fact that it invariably happens to be the most suited accompaniment for all cuisines in which rice rules the roost.

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Contrary to popular belief, cooking this supreme quality rice is certainly not a Himalayan task. So without obfuscating any further, here are the secrets that you always craved for but didn't know whom to ask:

The grains of this kind of rice are long and lengthen further during the cooking process. And of course, they taste heavenly.

Since the starch content is relatively high, the grains have to be rinsed in cold water several times before the cooking process. Soaking in fresh cold water for about 30 minutes after the washing process is considered ideal.

Drain the water completely before putting the grains in a medium saucepan.

Measure the water used to cook the rice. A 2:1 ratio (2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice) is sure to keep you afloat.

Add a pinch of salt along with the rice and water and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Just in case the lid is not tight enough, cover the saucepan with an aluminum foil before placing the lid.

Cook the rice till the solution boils. Thereafter, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes before turning off the heat.

Do not stir the rice during the cooking process, which generally takes about 30-45 minutes.

On completion of the cooking process, allow the rice to stand in the saucepan for about 5 minutes before inspecting the contents. Fluff with a fork when the process comes to a fragrant end.

Ideally, all the water should have been absorbed by the rice. In case the rice turns out to be a wee bit too soft, reduce the quantity of water the next time. The opposite holds true in case the rice seems hard.

Biryani is single pot rice dish made from premium basmati rice. Both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian form of Biryani can be prepared to serve as per food habit of people. Non-vegetarian biryani contains chicken / mutton / egg and vegetarian biryani contains vegetables of choice; along with basmati rice and Indian spices to give the real flavor.

Biryani is a complete dish in itself and is quite juicy to have. At few places, it is served with curd salan or mirchi salan. A number of taste and preparation variations are possible for biryani and these variations are commonly available in different restaurants. Few cities in India like Hyderabad and Lucknow are known for their special tasty biryani named after these cities (e.g., Hyderabadi Biryani and Lucknowi Biryani), and this specialty dish is available at almost every restaurant in both these cities. Biryani is not only common and favorite dish for people residing in these cities but even the visitors to these cities make sure to enjoy this specialty, whenever in the town.

Biryani is not so easily available at restaurants in majority of other Indian cities or towns. At the same time making biryani at home is challenging because of long and time-consuming method of preparation for biryani, and one also needs expertise to prepare delicious biryani at home. It is therefore a difficult for Indians residing in other cities / towns to relish this dish.

Number of ready to eat or ready spice mixes (biryani masalas) have been introduced in the market to help customers prepare biryani at home. Both these preparations have their advantages as well as disadvantages:

- Ready to eat foods are very handy preparations but are generally perceived as stale foods and even their taste is far from original / real taste of foods.

- Ready Biryani masala definitely is a solution to lack of cooking expertise and can help to ensure taste biryani preparation at home but does not provide quick and easy method of preparation. One also needs many other ingredients for addition in biryani while using the ready biryani masala

Out of the above two option available, ready biryani masala is more preferred in India to prepare tasty and fresh biryani at home. Third choice for easy preparation of tasty biryani at home, which has recently been introduced in the market, is ready to cook biryani preparations. These ready to cook food products have instant, one-step method of preparation and they contain dehydrated fresh ingredients packaged as ready-mix. The simple method of preparation and on-time cooking of ready to cook foods gives the consumer a satisfaction of preparing fresh dish instantly.

One of the Ready to cook biryani preparation available in market is Actchawa Daal Biryani, which is a delicious and nutritious variation of vegetarian biryani (containing uncooked basmati Rice, uncooked dehydrated vegetables and Indian spices) and powdered daal. The product has a very simple one-step method of preparation and contains no added color or preservative. One has to just add water and boil it for 12 minutes to prepare the rich and tasty daal biryani. The preparation overcomes all the challenges like stale biryani preparation, time-consuming method of preparation or too much work / arrangement required in preparing biryani at home.

Actchawa specializes in powdered ready mix food preparations, which are effortless and time saving instant delicacies with original taste The food preparations of Actchawa can also be prepared by naive chefs and they also ensure proper nutrition and health of its food lovers apart from offering longer shelf life. Present product offerings of Actchawa include snack, full meals and Curries. Visit [] for more information on the product offerings.


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