Boiled rice

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When I did my Indian cookery course, we weren't allowed to go any further until we could cook this successfully!

If you wish to steam your rice in a Thermomix, see the recipe here.

Boiled rice
Servings:150g serves 2 people
Calories per serving:49
Ready in:17 minutes
Prep. time:2 minutes
Cook time:15 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:31st January 2013

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Basmati rice is the best for authentic curries, it has such a lovely scent.

Paul R Smith


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  1. Rinse in a sieve under cold running water until the water runs clear. (To remove excess starch)
  2. ½ fill a large pan with water, add a piunch of salt and bring to the boil
  3. Add the rice, bring back to the boil and boil uncovered for 12-15 minutes
  4. Top up with boiling water if required
  5. Remove from heat, strain but don't rinse
  6. Serve hot


Brown rice; increase to cooking time from 12-15 to 35-40 minutes. Tasting regularly to check it's to your liking.

Chef's tip

Rice can be cooked before the meal is due to be served, providing it is properly stored and used the same day. Allow the rice to cool and refrigerate until required. Microwave when needed, ensuring it is piping hot. Do not reheat rice that is more than 1 day old or rice that may not have been properly stored.

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