Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
Very flavorful Indian rice.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 5 whole cloves
- 7 whole cardamom pods
- 2 bay leaves
- 15 black peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in two pieces
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1⁄2 cup frozen peas
- In a large pot, melt the butter and saute onion until translucent.
- Add cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaves, peppercorns, cinnamon and cumin seeds.
- Saute two to three minutes.
- Add rice, water, salt, saffron and peas.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer.
- Cook with lid on for 20 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let sit for five minutes with lid on.
- Fluff with fork before serving.
This rice is phenomenal! Fragrant and flavorful. The recipe makes a gigantic batch -- 1/3-batch would still leave the 2 of us with leftovers! We use 1 teaspoon of salt instead of 2, and only 1/4 of a regular-sized onion.
EXCELLENT RECIPE! It is blessed with a great flavour and made a wonderful meal tonight with dahi boondhi. Yummy! Just few small changes: I did step 2 before step 1. In other words, only after the cumin seeds had crackled and the spices were giving out this awesome smell, I added the onions and some green chillies as well. Also, I substituted the saffron with turmeric powder. The rest is just the same. Thank You Rhonda for this memorable meal:)!
This is very similar to a recipe that came from an Indian friends private cookbook. Why people review these recipes on the basis that they EAT the cinnamon etc. is beyond me, but what the.. For a really tasty difference, add 2 tsp of sugar when frying spices. Cook the onion a little more fist. Should be really soft and brown. I tend to omit the peppercorns and have added curry leaves instead of bay. Try it!!