Apr 6, 2012

How to cook Basmati Rice for Biryani / Rice by Draining Method / Rapid Boil Method – Back to basics

I thought of showing you all a post of how to cook basmati rice for making traditional briyani, since I will be posting lots of briyani recipe in the future..It is not that hard to cook rice, but you should be a little careful, because the rice will cook so much faster this way..I am giving you step by step recipe with pictures, which will be more helpful for you..So here you go to the recipe..


Good Quality Basmati Rice – 500 gms
Salt -2 tblspn
Oil- 1 tblspn

Whole Spices:
Cinnamon / Pattai – 1 small stick
Cloves / Krambu – 6
Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Sombu – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeera – 1 tsp
Cardamom / Yelakai – 6 crushed
Whole Pepper – 1 tsp


Wash basmati rice is lots of water to remove all the starch from it. Soak this in water for 30 mins. Drain this and set aside.

Take a huge pot. Add lots of water and bring it to rolling boil.

Add salt, oil  and all whole spices in it.

Add in the drained rice and boil it rapidly for 7-8 mins. The rice will be three fourth cooked.

Drain it in a colander . Make sure you remove all water from it.

Spread it on a big plate and allow it to cool completely.

Use this rice for briyani or any pulav..


1)The rice will take less than 10 mins to cook,so keep an eye on them.

2)For briyani, the rice should have some bite to it. (ie) it should be cook on the outside but the inside should be a little hard.

3)Make sure you add lots of salt to the rice, this makes the rice flavourful in the briyani.

4) Use a fine mesh colander for straining the rice.

Take all your ingrediants
Use good quality basmati rice..Soak it for 30 mins
heat water in a large pot
add lots of salt
add all your spices
add in drained rice
and cook
boil it rapidly
till rice is 3/4th cooked
drain in a colander
Spread on a plate and cool down
Use for your recipes...


  1. This is exactly how may late granny taught me! I'm sure this is going to help lots of people!

  2. Another really useful post; I didn't know this method so now I will try it- thanks :)
    Love the new look you gave your site btw.

  3. I have been wanting a recipe for good Basmati rice for so long. Thank you, thank you. I can't wait to show my sons. We love your recipes.

  4. one of my dad's boss one english lady told me this, that u boil the rice in lots of water and once its 3/4th done just drain out excess water. that way rice also looks separate each grain and it tastes wonderful.
    bt me always in hurry so my rice gets mushy at times. hehe but ur step by step pictorial guide is awesome

  5. Very helpful tip..A sure try for my next rice dish..

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  6. WOW!its very simple i like these easy process I enjoy reading websites like these. It has been an great source of info. I could not locate sites like these. Thanks once again.

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  7. Thanks. Very useful. U mentioned that you can now use the rice for your recipes. I just want to cook briyani rice.: maybe with chicken. How do I go about the next step?

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  9. Hi Aarthi. what can be the substitute for a colander.any other way to remove water from the rice?

  10. @Anonymousdrain it in a strainer or use a slotted spoon to remove the rice and keep it in a bowl

  11. i bought some brands of basmati rice here but there is no aroma. may i know which brand of basmati rice you use? thank you.

  12. It's enjoyable to learn more and more from your blog. Thanks for sharing.


  13. If we are cooking 4 cups of rice for biryani, how much salt do we add - 8tbsps? I always end up not adding enough salt. And if we are cooking biryani in dum style, we cant add it towards the end. So it's always a dilemma for me.

    And btw your dishes are yummy.. you are a great cook!! Lucky to have found you :)

    1. Salt depends on your taste. You can taste the water from the cooking pot. It should be little salty. But dont add too much salt

  14. I have a small doubt after finishing 3/4th cooking the rice is ready to eat or not


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