How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave

Cooking perfect basmati rice in a microwave is really simple and it gives you well cooked rice where each grain of rice is separate . This is a quick method to cook rice.

With Biryani , Pulao , Khichadi Festival cooking rice in a Microwave is yet another basic recipe . To tell you the truth this was a learning process . I had never cooked rice in a microwave ! I must have seen umpteen videos , and read recipes on it – each one different ! After trying a couple of recipes , I realised this recipe where we use 1:2 ratio works best .

In a normal day to day life I used to cook rice in a Rice Cooker , sometimes I use the Absorption Method . The Pressure Cooker Method is mostly for Khichadis , though it’s the fastest to cook rice . Microwave cooking is rare but I realised how effortless and with great results ! You can even serve in the same bowl . I am sure it’s perfect for bachelors as well as students who have to cook by themselves . In fact I told Juhi about it and she was so happy to learn this effortless method to cook rice .

My recent cooking for rice has changed and I use the a big pot of water to boil the rice , cook rice till done and then discard the starchy water . This method is similar to How to cook perfect rice for Biryani , just that for Biryani we add whole spices and discard the water when the rice is 80% cooked . Once the water is drained one can reheat the rice on steam and it’s as good as fresh rice .

 

Anyways I loved the rice cooked in Microwave and this rice also requires rinsing and soaking at least 30 minutes prior to cooking . Rice and water ratio is 1:2 . One needs to use a microwave safe bowl , most important to cover the bowl while the rice is cooking . The microwave has to be on High Power and we need 10 minutes to cook 1 cup rice . After 10 minutes remove the bowl , let stand covered for another 10 minutes . Now you can serve the rice . I served these with Mag in Chutti Daal , Fajeto and Gujrati Marcha Bateka nu shaak .

How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave

How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups water
1 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste

Method

Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes .
Using a microwave safe bowl add the drained rice , 2 cups water , salt and fat .
Cover the bowl and place it in the microwave .
Microwave for 10 minutes on high power .
Remove the bowl and let stand covered for another 10 minutes .
You can now fluff the rice with a fork .
Rice is ready to be served .

How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave

Here is what I have posted for The Biryani, Pulao Khichadi Festival

Day 1 How to cook Rice with Absorption Method
Day 2 How to cook Perfect Rice for Biryani
Day 3 How to cook Rice in a Rice Cooker
Day 4 How to cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker

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How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave
Cooking perfect basmati rice in a microwave is really simple and it gives you well cooked rice where each grain of rice is separate . This is a quick method to cook rice.
Prep Time 05 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 40 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 05 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 40 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes .
  2. Using a microwave safe bowl add the drained rice , 2 cups water , salt and fat .
  3. Cover the bowl and place it in the microwave .
  4. Microwave for 10 minutes on high power .
  5. Remove the bowl and let stand covered for another 10 minutes .
  6. You can now fluff the rice with a fork .
  7. Rice is ready to be served .
Recipe Notes

12 thoughts on “How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice in a Microwave”

  1. Again a good tutorial on how to cook rice. I have a microwave rice cooker and so never tried cooking n a bowl. I don’t use Basmati rice refgularly but use sona masuri. I know you are talking about Basmati but just wanted to add if anyone is interested that sona masuri kind of rice doesn’t need prior soaking and 1:2 ratio of water is not needed as well.

  2. My kids love basmati rice on its own with some ghee and cooked plain arhar dal…
    I cooked this in a microwave for many recipes this mega BM, its truly a time saver…

  3. My mom used to cook rice in a microwave and she was very happy with a MW rice cooker. I have never used it though. I am sure the next gen kids will find this tutorial very useful. Good series, vaishali.

  4. The Microwave rice looks fabulous Vaishali. Somehow I personally felt I liked the pressure cooker method as rice gets cooked faster. However, I use microwave extensively and if I can let something get done on its own, I would surely use it. Lovely pictures

  5. Love this series for beginners Vaishali. So many tips to remember. I never cook in the microwave. But now that i read your post, it looks doable.

  6. Love this series where you show us different methods to cook perfect rice! I never cook rice in a microwave but after reading your post, I will try! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I did a lot of cooking in microwave few years back when we stayed at a place where we didn’t have the gas cylinder for a few weeks. I is very handy in making rice and dry veggies. You post is asaver for those especially living outside India and travel a lot.

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