Indian Style Basmati Rice
This is a savory Indian style rice dish flavored with whole spices and fried onions. Soaking the basmati rice before cooking makes all the difference.
|1 1/2 cups||basmati rice|
|2 tablespoons||vegetable oil|
|1||(2 inch) piece cinnamon stick|
|2||pods green cardamom|
|1 tablespoon||cumin seed|
|1 teaspoon||salt, or to taste|
|2 1/2 cups||water|
|1||small onion, thinly sliced|
Place rice into a bowl with enough water to cover. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, and cumin seed. Cook and stir for about a minute, then add the onion to the pot. Saute the onion until a rich golden brown, about 10 minutes. Drain the water from the rice, and stir into the pot. Cook and stir the rice for a few minutes, until lightly toasted. Add salt and water to the pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.