Fragrant East Indian Basmati Rice

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by The Spice Guru

My recipe for an Indian-style rice side dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. TOAST 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds over medium heat in a pot you wish to cook your rice in, until seeds become aromatic and lightly pop.
  2. ADD 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 4 whole green cardamom pods or 3/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 cup frozen peas (optional). NOTE: ADD the curry powder or turmeric from the CREATIVE ADDITIONS FOR YELLOW RICE; ADD up to 4 of the remaining suggested ingredients now as well, if desired.
  3. RAISE heat to high.
  4. BRING to a boil.
  5. ADD 1 cup basmati rice.
  6. COVER.
  7. BOIL 1 1/2 minutes.
  8. REDUCE heat to lowest setting for 40-45 minutes.
  9. REMOVE cardamom pods and cinnamon stick if desired; FLUFF rice with a fork before serving.
  10. SERVE with your favorite Indian entree and enjoy!

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