This is a very special variety of rice that is commonly served in Indian restaurants. The flavor is very
different, with a fragrant nutty aroma and taste that goes particularly well with Indian food. You can get
Basmati rice at most larger supermarkets, or at Indian
grocery stores or online. It is a little extra trouble to
make Basmati rice with these Indian flavorings, but it
is worth it!
1 ½ cups Basmati rice
1 ½ tablespoons ghee, butter or light cooking oil
1 stick cinnamon
3 whole cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
2 ½ cups water
Carefully pick through the rice, removing any debris or small stones. Use a sieve or colander to wash
the rice by running cold water through them and agitating them until the water runs through clear, not cloudy.
Drain the rice very well so that you get the right amount of measured water when ready to cook the rice.
In a sturdy cooking pot big enough to cook the rice, heat the ghee/butter/oil until a drop of water flicked
into the pot sputters on contact. Sauté the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves for a few minutes until
the pods start to expand with the heat. Add just the rice and sauté for just a minute or two to let the fragrance
develop. Then add the water, salt and sugar and bring all to a boil.
Reduce heat to the lowest possible heat, cover and cook for 18 minutes then remove from heat. This pot
of rice will keep warm for 20-30 minutes while you prepare other dishes.
Basmati Rice Recipe