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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.

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mikentara July 30, 2002

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:)!

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Charishma_Ramchandani May 02, 2002

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!!

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PhilH September 30, 2007

I followed the recipe to a tee. The consistency was perfect. But, the taste was horrible. You ever eat a whole clove? It tastes like awful burned plastic. This just taste bad. And Charishma Ramchandani, i'm disapointed because this is the second recipe you recommended that i had to throw out. I had an aunties rice from a pooja, and that was amazing.. guess i will have to keep searching for rice dishes on Indian web sites.

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MikeDavid00 David March 05, 2003

Wonderful recipe very tasty!

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caren1969 Hooge February 06, 2003

I tried this last night and the family LOVED it. Really full of taste and frangrance. I added a small spoon of mustard seeds - but this would not make much difference. Thanks for sharing.

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Maws Joubert August 02, 2002

This was a very delicious and easy to make rice dish that my whole family enjoyed. I didn't put any chilies in it, as my daughter would be having some of it. She liked it a lot! Usually she likes to bathe her rice in soy sauce but this she ate as it was! I did cut back on the salt a bit, as I didn't think so much was necessary. The spices in it were very fragrant and flavorful, especially the saffron, reminding me of spices of the Near East and the flavors of that region. I think if you wanted to, more vegetables could be added to make a more substantial vegetarian main dish; as it was, there were far more than 2 servings as a side dish. Very exotic and tasty recipe!

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Sue Lau May 18, 2002
Basmati Rice with Vegetables