How to cook basmati rice in the microwave – champagne tastes

Today’s ‘Cooking 101’ tutorial: How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave! Follow a few easy steps and get fluffy, delicious rice in less than 20 minutes.

In my house, we go through a lot of basmati rice. Madras curry paste recipe uk Sometimes we eat it with curry, sometimes with lentils, but I always– and I mean always— cook it in the microwave.


Curry paste recipe uk Actually, I cook all my rice in the microwave. Homemade curry recipes uk Why? It’s easy, seemingly foolproof, and is ready in about 20 minutes.

I realize that this post won’t be helpful for everyone. Salmon red curry coconut sauce recipe Some of you are ‘anti-microwave,’ others have rice cookers, and some of you probably cook rice on the stove top regularly without any issues. Thai curry coconut milk recipe Personally, I don’t use the microwave on a regular basis– except for rice. Thai curry without coconut milk recipes If you’re ‘rice challenged,’ and have issues with rice sticking to the bottom of your pot when cooking– this post is for you. Tandoori chicken curry sauce recipe If having multiple stove top burners going at once stresses you out– this recipe will let you put the rice in the microwave while dinner cooks on the stove. Chicken katsu curry sauce recipe If you’re simply looking for an incredibly easy way to fix your basmati rice– keep reading, because this post is for you too!

How to Cook Basmati Rice in the Microwave Soaking Basmati Rice (or Not)

In an ideal world, you should soak your basmati rice for at least 20 minutes before you cook it. Chicken curry ingredients recipes Soaking the rice helps the rice grains elongate, and yes– side-by-side, you would be able to tell the difference between rice that’s been soaked and rice that has not been soaked.

The good news here is two-fold: First, the 20 minutes is not an exact soak-time. Chicken curry homemade recipe On a pretty regular basis, I soak my rice for HOURS. Simple curry paste recipe If I know that I’m going to fix rice with dinner, at some point earlier in the day, I’ll go ahead and pour rice into a bowl with water. Simple curry sauce recipe using curry powder There’s no need to set a timer.

Second, you CAN SKIP soaking your rice if you simply don’t have time. Red curry paste recipes using It will still taste delicious, the world will not end, and dinner will be on the table faster. Red curry paste recipe chicken Your rice will simply be a little shorter.

First things first– to cook basmati rice in the microwave, you need to know how to adjust the power level on your microwave. Easy thai green curry recipe using paste If you aren’t sure how to do that, typically it works like this:

• Set the time using the ‘ Time Cook,‘ or whichever button allows you to type in a specific time. Easy thai green curry paste recipe Don’t use the pre-programmed time buttons.

• Next, press the ‘ Power Level‘ button. Thai curry paste recipe green Depending on your microwave, you’ll either keep pressing the power level button until it reads ’60,’ or you’ll press the ‘power level’ button and enter ’60.’ (And yes, you really do need to lower the power level for this recipe. Thai curry paste recipe jamie oliver Don’t skip that part.)

Next, prep your rice. Thai curry paste recipe vegetarian Whether you’ve soaked the rice or not, pour it into a mesh sieve and rinse it off. Thai curry paste recipe This will rinse off any extra starch, and help keep the rice light and fluffy. Simple thai red curry paste recipe Then, put the rice, a couple of cups of water, a little olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a couple of bay leaves into a large lidded microwave safe bowl. Easy red thai curry paste recipe (I use a 2 quart bowl for this recipe.) Cover the bowl, set the microwave power to 60%, and cook it for about twelve minutes. Homemade chip shop curry sauce recipe Finally, take the lid off and cook the rice for about six more minutes. Homemade curry paste recipe That’s it! Your rice is ready to be eaten. Homemade japanese curry sauce recipe Enjoy your dinner, and congratulate yourself on making delicious rice with zero stress.

What’s your favorite way to cook basmati rice? Have you tried cooking it in the microwave? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Keep in mind, not all microwaves are exactly alike. Recipes with thai red curry paste This recipe was tested on a 900 watt microwave. Low fat curry paste recipe Adjust your recipe accordingly if your microwave is considerably more or less powerful.

Also Note: Traditionally, basmati rice cooked on the stove top is made with the lid in place for the entire cook-time, and then the lid stays on for about five minutes after the rice is finished. Low fat indian curry sauce recipe I’ve tried leaving the lid on for the entire cook-time in the microwave, but could never get the moisture to cook off correctly, leaving the rice soggy. Low fat chinese curry sauce recipe Taking the lid off for the second part of the microwave cook-time results in a better texture for microwave rice.

*Keep in mind microwave cook times may vary depending on the microwave. Recipe for thai red chicken curry with curry paste This recipe was tested on a 900-watt machine.

*Note: Microwave recipes do not always ‘double’ well. Recipes using thai red curry paste To make larger batches, try increasing the cook-time by adding 3 minutes to the ‘covered’ cook-time for each 1/2 cup of rice added.

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal.

I’ve never cooked rice in the microwave, but I’m going to give this a shot. Red curry paste recipe thai My normal method for cooking rice and other grains is to put copious amounts of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for the prescribed time, then drain the excess liquid, put the lid on the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. Thai red curry sauce recipe easy Fluff with a fork. Thai red curry paste recipe chicken I guess there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Creamy curry pasta sauce recipe (Do you have a recipe for that?)

I really want to give this a try! It’s so funny-I often forget about the microwave and how much time and effort it can save. Creamy coconut curry sauce recipe Like for making lattes, I just use the microwave now and save myself from having to clean up a pot. Easy thai green curry recipe with paste And making rice this way-I could just do it in the dish that will store the rice. Thai curry paste recipe red Score! Thanks for the awesome tip!

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