Published January 1, 1997. From Cook's Illustrated.
For a basmati rice pilaf recipe that produced light, fluffy, aromatic rice, we first rinsed the rice to remove excess starch. Then we toasted whole spices in some oil before toasting the rice itself. Adding water and then cooking the rice over low heat before removing it from the heat and allowing it to steam gave our basmati rice the fluffy texture we were looking for in our basmati rice recipe.