How to cook Basmati Rice for Biriyani


  • Basmati Rice – 1 cup
  • Fennel seeds – ¼  tsp
  • Cinnamon (Karuvapatta) – 1 inch stick
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Bay leaves – 1
  • Cloves – 3
  • Star anise – 2
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Water
  • Salt


Method: (With Step-by-step pics)


Wash Basmati rice well. Take a deep bowl with water and soak rice in it for 1 hr. (Vary the quantity of rice as per the recipe you are using)



Heat water  in a deep bottomed pan. More the quantity of water, better. When water becomes hot add the whole spices, oil and salt



Bring water to boil



Strain water from socked rice and add it to boiling water.



Cook on high flame



Cook until rice is almost 75% cooked (it will be cooked again in the biriyani recipe)



Switch off the stove and drain water. Now the rice is ready to be used for Biriyani recipe!!!!

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