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how to cook brown basmati rice in a pot

How To Cook Brown Basmati Rice On Stove Top

I used a ratio of 3 cups of water to 1 cup of brown basmati rice which is soft in texture. You can also use 2.5 cups of water for 1 cup of rice if you want a more firmer rice.
The brown basmati rice is long grain brown rice but cooking time and amount of water may differ for other brands of rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword brown basmati rice, how to cook basmati rice, long grain brown rice
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 228kcal


  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 6 cups water may use 5 cups instead if you want more firm texture


  • Wash the rice twice in water, drain it properly and keep aside.
  • Add the brown basmati rice and water to the pot.
    (You may also add a spoon of oil, lemon juice, little salt etc if you wish, which will give a better texture and more flavor for your rice but this is not necessary).
  • Switch on the stove and cook in high heat till the water starts boiling.
  • Let it boil for a few seconds in high heat, then close the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook for about 35 minutes, but I recommend checking the rice a few minutes before the recommended time because heat distribution can vary based on the kind of stove and also the brand of rice used and the kind of pots or pans used.
  • Once the rice is cooked and water is absorbed, gently fluff the rice with a fork, spoon or good quality steel spatula.
    If there is any water left in the pot, you can keep the pot open and cook in high heat for about 1 to 2 minutes. 
    Don't worry if there is still water (it won't happen always), the rice will absorb it and it will be fine once the rice is cooled!



Make sure you gently stir the rice preferably with a fork or good quality steel spatula once it's cooked and cooled for few minutes, so that no lumps are formed.
If you are not serving the rice immediately, it is good to fluff with a fork once more after about 15 to 20 minutes.
This will prevent the rice from being sticky.
As I have mentioned earlier, this recipe is specifically for brown basmati rice which usually cooks perfectly in about 35 minutes.
Different brands will have different cooking times, for example, I tried another long grain brown rice recently where it only needed 4 cups of water for 2 cups of rice and it was cooked in 20 minutes of time in a pan (the package showed a cooking time of 45 to 55 minutes but it cooked faster).
The cooking times can also vary based on the stove and heat distribution based on the kind of pans that you use and also slightly vary based on the brand you use, so if you are cooking a new brand of rice for the first time, its always a good idea to check the rice few minutes before the time mentioned in the package or any recipe.
Also if you have a glass lid for the pan or pot, you can see when the water is all absorbed, so its a good idea to check in and see if the rice is cooked, once all the water is absorbed.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.9mg