2 cups Basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil (or butter)
1/2 cup vermicelli
3 cups boiling water
Wash the Basmati rice in water till the milky color turns clear. Let the rice soak for minimum 30 minutes, preferably one hour.
Heat oil on medium heat in a medium-sized heavy-bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, add the vermicelli and stir till they begin to change color a bit, around 3 minutes.
Add the rice, and fry for 2 minutes
Add hot water, salt. Cover pot with a tea towel and lid. Turn the heat to low and allow the rice to cook for 18 minutes.
Turn the heat off and let the rice rest for another 10 minutes. Decant with a wide-rimmed spatula or teacup saucer, to prevent the grains from breaking.