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

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.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • 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 .

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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