Hello everyone! In a previous post, we’ve compared two of the most aromatic variety of rice which are Jasmine and Basmati. Today, I’ll be focusing on Basmati rice particularly emphasizing on how to cook basmati rice in a rice cooker.
In case you don’t fully know Basmati, it is a long-grained with a light nutty flavored rice grown in India which was derived from the Sanskrit word “vasmati” meaning “fragrant” or “aromatic”. From the etymology alone, we can say that this type of rice is not only flavorful but fragrant as well.
With a tasty and aromatic type of grain, it is wise to cook it to perfection to get its natural taste. We don’t want to eat a sticky overcooked Basmati, right? 😉 So without further ado, here’s how to cook Basmati.
Cooking Basmati the Traditional Way
With reference from my previous blog post, I had introduced two traditional methods of preparing Basmati which are cooking and absorption.
The cooking method consists of putting the rice after the water has boiled then putting it to low heat until rice is soft. The absorption method on the other hand, is pouring the rice and water at the same time and then letting it boil until the rice fully absorbed all the water.
Sometimes, especially in Eastern countries, a cotton cloth is placed over the rice after the cooking water is absorbed. This allows the cloth to absorb the steam from the rice that would separate more its grains. Hence, no more of the sticky Basmati and hello to fluffy nutty long grained rice.
Although these traditional methods may produce perfectly cooked Basmati rice, it takes time, effort and skill to do so.
The Best and Easiest Way to Cook Basmati Rice
Traditional way of rice preparation and cooking is great but it requires skills especially for such a flavorful and aromatic grain as Basmati. As for me, the easiest and most effective way to cook it is definitely through a rice cooker.
Technology is becoming more and more advanced as years go by. People create ways to make life easier and better for us and cooking rice is not an exception with the invention of the rice cooker. With just a push of a button, the device will do the cooking for you.
Easy, right? And definitely not time consuming since you can multitask without problematizing if your rice is getting burned or if your Basmati is sticky. Truly these rice cookers are a blessing in disguise!
How to Cook Basmati Rice in a Rice Cooker
As seen in the introduction, the perfectness of Basmati when cooked properly will definitely give the eater immense satisfaction. From its flavor to its aroma, what more could you ask for? The only problem now is the procedure on cooking it to perfection.
Majority of people’s problems when cooking rice especially Basmati is producing sticky overcooked rice. This could be prevented by following a procedure that takes time or luck to perfect using traditional way of cooking. It’s a good thing rice cookers exist to aid us towards rice perfection!
Now I know there are many types of rice cooker in the world. I’ve summed up the best five rice cookers during a previous post and chose the most preferable one for Basmati rice.
With this I came to choose the best one on the list that is the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 rice cooker since it has a pan that has platinum particles redesigned to extract the flavor of cooked rice grains. Not only would your Basmati rice be flavorful but the extraction would make it more aromatic!
The Procedure of Cooking Basmati Rice Using a Rice Cooker
So without further ado, the procedure in cooking Basmati rice using Zojirushi NP-NVC10 rice cooker is as follows:
- First off when using Zojirushi, use the provided measuring cup when pouring the rice over the pan as it is slightly under traditional cup measurement.
- When the rice and water are both in the inner cooking pan, wash the rice loosely by hand. Rinse and wash repeatedly so as to remove excess starch that would make the rice sticky.
- When the water becomes clear from rice starch, you can now adjust the amount of water needed in the cooking process. Usually for long grained rice such as Basmati, 1 ½ water per 1 cup of rice grain is needed.
- Wipe the outer surface of the inner cooking pan for precautions.
- Place the inner cooking pan into the main body of the rice cooker and attach the inner lid set and steam vent set. Plug in the power cord.
- Next, select the desired menu setting by pressing the menu button of the rice cooker. For Basmati rice, the menu settings for White Rice in the Zojirushi rice cooker is usually used.
- Press the Start/Reheat button. The light on the button will turn on and a beep will be heard to signal the start of cooking time. The display will show the estimated time in minutes until cooking completion.
- When you hear the beep signaling cooking completion, stir and loosen the rice to give it a more fluffy texture. After use, press the Cancel button, then unplug the power cord.
Below in the video is a simple but interesting recipe for basmati rice with tasty salmon. Bon Appetit 🙂
Comparing these steps to the traditional way of cooking is much simpler and easier. Why? Because the rice cooker does the work for you. Just a mere push of a button and voila! Rice perfection. The machine not only does majority of the work for you as compared to the traditional methods because it does it even better than you!
Although the pressure cooking that comes with the features of the Zojirushi NP-NVC10 slows down the cooking process, at least the end result is perfection. In addition, you can even multitask since you don’t need to check your rice every now and then like traditional cooking right over a stove.
Say no more to sticky Basmati rice that destroys the overall perfect flavorful and aromatic grain. With just the right technology, you can save time and effort to create the perfect Basmati rice.