Indian, Other, Thai, Vegan Cooking

Perfect basmati rice, every time!

A lot of my dishes are served with rice – I genuinely love rice, it’s cheap, easy and this recipe means it’s super tasty too!

The recipe is also versatile as I’ll discuss at the end.

Please enjoy!


  • Basmati rice – get some good quality rice, it makes a difference, honest!
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt
  • Water


How to:

For 2 people use about 150g and measure out in a small beaker. Add this to some coconut oil and lightly fry the rice for 1 minute before adding an equal volume of water to the rice along with a pinch of salt. Pop a lid on the pan and cook the rice on a high heat until the water comes to a boil (about 2 minutes), then drop it down to a medium heat until almost all the water has gone (about 8 minutes). At this point stir the rice, turn the hob off and leave the lid on for the rice to steam until ready (about 2-5 minutes). The whole process takes about 12 minutes, but I think it tastes nicer after ‘resting’ for a bit in the steam so I leave about 15-18 minutes to cook it.


See, super easy, if you’re making more rice, that’s fine, just measure it out and add the same amount of water as rice.

Note: I never wash my rice, I don’t see the point. If there are any bacteria floating about, they’re just about to get boiled at 100 degrees for 10 minutes. Plus, I read a lot about this and the majority of people say a lot of nutrients are in the rice dust.

If you want to spice up the rice, it’s really easy to do, here are some inspirations:

Cumin rice

Add some cumin seeds to the coconut oil before adding the rice and fry for a few minutes, then add the rice and fry for another few minutes before adding an equal volume of water and completing the steps above.

Coconut rice

Add some coconut cream to the measuring beaker – the more you add, the more strong the coconut flavour will be, then top up to an equal volume with water before adding to the fried rice.

Dill rice

Once the rice is cooked, stir in some chopped dill.

Pulau rice

Fry some cumin, coriander, cardamom, fenugreek and any other seeds you like in the coconut oil. Then add some ground turmeric and fry quickly before adding the rice to fry for a few minutes, then the water.

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