Challow (White Rice)

"Posted for ZWT6 NA/ME leg of tour."
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1hr 50mins




  • Begin rinsing the rice 1/2 hour before you are ready to start cooking it. Place the rice in a large fine sieve. Run under cold water, shaking the grains, until the water runs clear.
  • Drain well and place in large bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water over the level of the rice. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Add the water to a Dutch oven and sprinkle with a little of the salt. Bring the water to a boil. Drain the rice and add the additional water to the pot.
  • Stir in the rice all at once and stir one time. Bring back to a boil and cook about 7 minutes, or until rice is soft to the bite. Drain and return to pot.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve the remaining salt in hot water. Add the oil to the salt water and mix well. Add this mixture to the rice, using a back and forth motion, until the rice is covered.
  • Add the cumin seeds and cardamom.
  • Using a wide, flat wooden spoon, mix by lifting a section of the rice and shaking back into the pot. Repeat until the whole mixture is covered with oil and the spices have been well mixed throughout the rice.
  • Bring the rice into a slight mound in the middle of the pot. With the spoon handle, make 4 holes around the outer edge of the mound, and one in the center. The rice needs these holes for ventilation.
  • Place the tight fitting lid on the pot and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the rice sit inside the cooling oven for 20-30 minutes.
  • Uncover and mix as you did previously, by shaking sections of the rice back into the pot until the grains are separated.

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  1. Not only is this recipe completely dysfunctional-- missing steps, bad ratios, etc-- it also appears to be plagiarized from an afghan cooking site I found. Don't waste your time with this. I tried following step by step only to have to throw away food because key information was missing from the recipe.


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