How to make the perfect Basmati rice:
1 cup basmati rice
1¼ cups water
¼ teaspoon sea salt
4 cardamons pods – optional
Normally I would rinse the rice in a fine colander under cold running water but because of the drought, I soak the rice in cold water for 5 – 10 minutes, then give it a quick rinse before I add it to the boiling water.
In a medium sauce pan, bring the water and salt to a rapid boil.
Stir the rice and cardamon pods into the boiling water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 12 minutes. Do not lift the lid while the rice is cooking, otherwise the steam will escape! Remove from the heat, but keep the lid on for an extra 5 minutes before you serve.