Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is an amazing rice side dish with complex flavors, but simple prep! It has a sweet and salty element to it and the spices will make your kitchen SING! Originally made for a Girl Scout function, but EVERYONE loved it and it is now a family favorite! (Found on a Nepali website.) Also re-heats easily. The golden raisins add the most delicious bit of sweet to the rice!
- 1 1⁄2 cups uncooked basmati rice
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cinnamon sticks (whole, approx 2 inches each)
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 ounces cashews (don't need to be whole)
- 2 ounces sultanas (golden raisins)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Wash the rice several times and let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain the rice well in a sieve.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook onion until soft.
- Add all ingredients & spices, (except salt) to the pan and stir fry for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add 2 cups of water to the pan with salt and bring to a boil then cover tightly and.
- turn the heat to low.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, adding additional water during cooking, if necessary, until rice is tender and fluffy and all the water is absorbed.
- Remove bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
I was a little disappointed, and my family left a lot on their plates. It fell a little short of amazing in the flavor category.
Very delicious recipe. I didn't have one bit of trouble making this dish for the first time. I did add a couple of teaspoons of ghee and substituted low salt mixed nuts instead of only cashews because I love fried peanuts and almonds, as well, in my pulau. No one in my family likes raisins, especially cooked raisins, so I omitted that. Although, I did cook the recipe on the stove, you can also cook it in a rice cooker after you fry everything for even fluffier rice. Overall, a good Nepali recipe that is very authentic tasting.
Utterly amazing! Wow. I did not have whole cloves on hand, so cautiously added ground ones, and that was fine. We had two guests from Italy staying with us last week, and I wanted something different for our supper of grilled pork tenderloin, and these Italians had two helpings each, exclaiming *E' MOLTO buona!* Very, very good, and goes in my recipe file right now!