Steamed rice recipe

Steamed rice recipe

Rice is a very staple dish found in almost every Indian thali , rice is eaten all across India in some regions, it’s the staple food . Plain simple steamed rice can be found in almost every household in India eaten mostly during lunch and dinner.

Cooking rice is very simple all it requires is rice grains , salt and water . Some people make variations in cooking the simple rice by adding ghee or oil to it before cooking .

When it’s a regular plain steamed rice, I usually do not put any oil or ghee in it , and follow a very simple recipe which I have shared here.  

It’s a simple recipe but to cook steamed rice sometimes becomes very tricky.

The measurements, that is the quantity and ratio of rice and water and also salt if you add it in is very important. Adding too little water wont cook the rice and adding too much would make it tasteless, as it would become very watery.  

Two methods of cooking rice

Here I have two versions of cooking steamed rice , in one version you can cook it in a deep vessel and another is in which you can make it in pressure cooker .

Ordinarily , you can cook rice in a deep vessel like a big saucepan or, if you are in a hurry then you can quickly cook it in a pressure cooker , which requires to be cooked only till the pressure cooker releases one whistle.

The water and rice proportion for both methods is different . in a pressure cooker rice requires less water to cook and usually gets cooked very quickly so it save time and also cooking gas hence its very efficient . 

I mostly prefer to cook rice in an open vessel like a deep vessel or a big saucepan , its easy to monitor the cooking of the rice in an open vessel , also it has become more of a habit to cook in an open vessel . you can choose any method you like as both of them work well and you get a perfect plain steamed rice .

Both these methods work well. The quantity of rice mentioned serves at least 4 to 5 people .

Rice can be eaten with many curries like Paneer masala recipe, dals like Akkha masoor dal (red lentils dal curry) , Fodniche varan recipe (varan dal recipe), Dal tadka recipe , Masoor dal recipe quick and easy and sometimes even with dry vegetables like Begun bhaja recipe (fried spiced eggplants) and fish.

The precooked leftover rice can be use for making many recipes such as Masala rice quick recipe , Aloo gobhi pulao recipe (cauliflower and potato rice)

Method no 1 for making steamed rice

Rice in vessel (without pressure cooker)

This is a plain steamed rice recipe . this is what I mostly follow when I cook rice. If you do not eat salt in rice, you can skip it  and follow the rest of the recipe . but we always make it with salt


Rice – 1 cup

Water 2cups

Salt – 1 tsp


Washing the rice

First we need to wash the rice , put rice grains in a big bowl and add water to it. Let it settle for 2 to 3 seconds you will see the dust or other particles floating on top. Now throw away this water.

Next add clean room temperature water , and wash the grains of rice with your hands properly. Washing the rice is a key step

Wash the rice at least thrice till the grain of rice is nice and clean.

Now lets begin to cook it

Cooking the rice in a pot or a deep vessel

Take deep vessel like a saucepan and add the clean and washed rice in it .

Add  2 cups of water to the rice and stir . Remember the water should be of twice the quantity of the rice. So here for 1 cup of rice I am using 2 cups of water .  

Add 1 tsp of salt , if you prefer to add salt, and stir it well so that the salt gets mixed with the water well and would not just remain in one place .

You can add 1 tsp of oil if you want at this stage so that the rice grains would become fluffy and wont stick . you can skip this step of adding oil if you don’t want , I personally do not add oil or ghee for cooking regular steamed rice.

Now put this onto high flame for about 8 to 9 minutes till the water gets evaporated .

Once the water on the surface gets evaporated , and you see the layer of rice, with soft bubbles of water on the side and in between the vessel.

Cover and cook the rice for 3 minutes on a low flame. So that the rice cooks in its own steam.

Now after some time open and check by putting a knife into it. This is to see that the grains absorb the water and are cooked well.

Turn off the flame and keep it covered, your rice is ready to serve.

Another method

Method no 2 for making steamed rice

To cook rice in a pressure cooker

This is a very efficient method as it saves time and energy, and can be prepared very quickly . The water to rice ratio is different than the previous method. Here I have shared the exact proportion required to make a perfect plain steamed rice.


Rice – 1 glass

Water – 1 ½ glass

Salt –  1 ¼ tsp salt .


Washing the rice

Take 1 glass of rice in big bowl and add some water to wash it .

Put water in it and let it settle ,the dust or any other particle’s will float on top of it . Drain and then wash the rice by adding more water.

Washing the rice is very important before cooking it , so wash the rice thoroughly with water at least thrice . water should be of room temperature and clean .

Adding the rice to pressure cooker

Take a pressure cooker.

Add in 1 glass of rice and then to it add 1 ½ glass of water and mix well.

Take note of the water and rice quantity.

Now this add 1 ¼ tsp of salt and mix well . you can adjust the salt according to your liking.  For me I think this quantity of salt is enough . Then dissolve the salt properly into the water so that it doesn’t just stay  in one place . so dissolve the water while stirring it .

Now cover the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook till 1 whistle of the cooker .

You can also add ½ tsp ghee or oil before covering it with a lid so that your rice becomes fluffy and doesn’t become sticky .

Also an important tip to remember here is to not remove the cover lid of the pressure cooker, till its completely cooled down and the pressure is completely released.

After it cools down open the lid of the pressure cooker , stir the rice gently with a spatula and serve.