Plain boiled rice 1

Plain rice is a perfect accompaniment for curry dishes and some meat and vegetable dishes e.g Chicken curry, Lamb or Chicken with potatoes, Lamb and Chicken with spinach etc


  • 2 mugs Basmati rice
  • 4 pints of water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs butter or Olive oil


  1. Wash the rice in 2 or 3 changes of water and soak in warm water for 1 hour, or cold water for 2 hours, drain the rice and discard this liquid.
  2. Put the water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil, add the lemon juice and salt.
  3. Add the drained rice, bring to the boil and keep on a rolling boil for 7-10mins or until rice grains are al dente. Drain rice in a colander.
  4. Return the rice to the saucepan, add the oil or butter, cover tightly with a lid or aluminium foil and cook in the oven on low heat or on lowest heat setting on stove top for 10mins.
  5. Gently separate the grains and serve on a platter.


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I am Sabiha Khokhar, born in Kenya now living in London – a busy working mother, wife, published author and passionate cook. Despite having many interests in life, my greatest joy is FOOD!

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