Oh wow! I can't disagree with the other reviewers who thought this was fantastic. It was very aromatic and flavorful. We used shiitake mushrooms and split the timing of the spices per other reviews and this worked great. Served as a side to stuffed cabbage. Made for April 2013 Veggie Swap.
The discription that comes to mind for this recipe is Magically Delicious. What a wonderful of great ingredients. I used Rita's suggestion for splitting the timing for the additions and it worked a charm. Really Great CG.
I love rice then you go and add lavender and mushrooms oh yum! Interesting mix of spices. Next time making I would add half at cooking then add the other half just before serving. The spices was very fragrant when adding but was lost after cooking. Made for Veg tag Nov 2012. Thanks CG for the good eats!