Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Indian-Style Basmati Rice

If you're going to try out my recipe for Indian Butter Chicken (or any other Indian main dish), you've got to make this rice to go with it! Just a few little tweaks make it way better than regular rice! 

Recipe adapted from here.

1 cup basmati rice (they have it by the regular rice in our grocery store)
1 2/3 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cumin
1/3 medium onion, diced

1. Place rice into a bowl and add enough water to cover the rice. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes, then drain.
2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, and cumin. Cook and stir for about a minute. 
3. Add the onion to the seasoning mixture and saute until golden brown (about 8-10 minutes).
4. Stir the rice into the saucepan. Cook and stir for a few minutes, until the rice is lightly toasted.
5. Add water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.
6. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve! 

(oil, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and onion)

(after adding rice)

(after adding water and bringing to a boil)

(all water has been absorbed! The spices may make a little pile like this, but it'll all mix up when you fluff with a fork)


(all done!)

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