Basmati Rice: Make it Perfect. Every Time | Everyday Ayurveda

Basmati Rice: Make it Perfect. Every time.

By on November 11, 2016

Imagine a plate of perfect, fragrant, fluffy white basmati rice.


Now maybe you also remember a time you made rice and it was quite the opposite: clumpy, mushy and bland.

Not so dreamy.

Here in the West, rice is has not been the all-important staple that it is for more than half the world’s population.

In India, making a good pot of rice is one of the skills that every girl learns from her mother, and will teach to her daughters (hopefully sons too!).

Basmati rice is also a cultural symbol for fertility, health and wealth in many countries around the world, and rice is treated with reverence and associated with elaborate planting rituals.

In South India, where basmati rice is the most important food, colored rice is used to create elaborate mandalas called rangolis.

basmati rice

According to Ayurveda, Basmati rice is the king of all rices.

Basmati rice:

  • Is Sattvic (or pure)
  • Balances all three doshas
  • Is nourishing for the body tissues
  • And it is easy to digest


  • Basmati rice contributes the sweet taste according to Ayurveda.
  • It is a light, soft, smooth and nourishing food.
  • It is cooling in nature.
  • Rice is generally good for balancing Vata and Pitta.
  • It may create excess mucus, so rice in excess is not considered ideal for Kapha.

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Here’s is a video that succinctly describes a way to get perfect, fluffy rice every time.

You may want to add spices (whole coriander and cumin seeds are great tridoshic options) and a few teaspoons of ghee.

How do you like to cook rice?  Any secrets?


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About Suleyka Montpetit

Suleyka Montpetit is a Media Entrepreneur, Explorer, Writer and the former Managing Editor for Everyday Ayurveda. She has studied Yoga, Health, Spirituality and the Arts for over 15 years, rubbing elbows with luminaries and making stuff happen everywhere she goes.

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