Pulau Nepalese Basmati Rice Dish

Recipe by Kitchen Mama of 3

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 Originally made for a Girl Scout function, but EVERYONE loved it and it is now a family favorite!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!

Top Review by Lucky in Bayview

Tasty! The spices were subtle and balanced. I only had brown basmati on hand so that's what I used. I think I would have preferred white since I believe the cooking time required for the brown effected the texture of the cashews. Good, but I bet better using white rice.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice several times and let it soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the rice well in a sieve.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook onion until soft.
  4. Add all ingredients & spices, (except salt) to the pan and stir fry for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add 2 cups of water to the pan with salt and bring to a boil then cover tightly and.
  6. turn the heat to low.
  7. Simmer for 20 minutes, adding additional water during cooking, if necessary, until rice is tender and fluffy and all the water is absorbed.
  8. Remove bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

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