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Basmati Rice

Basmati rice is a nice alternative to what I typically make which is Jasmine rice. Adding spices to the rice provides a nice fragrance without adding an overpowering spice flavor to the rice. I thought it would be spicier but you do not want the rice to overtake your main dish either. This recipe made about 7-servings and I was able to reheat it in the microwave with adding a little water. In the next day or so I will post my Butter Chicken that I served with this rice. It made enough for 3 dinners and when I got home from work I needed about 10-minutes to reheat the chicken, rice, and steam a vegetable. Mondays are always a very busy day at work and I never feel like cooking when I get home. So left overs are a blessing!

1 1/2 cups basmati rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cinnamon sticks (2 inch)
6 green cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 1/2 cups water
1 small sweet 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 spices and bay leaves. Cook and stir for about a minute. Add the onion and sauté until tender.

Basmati Rice in pot

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. Remove the cardamom pods, cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon stick before serving.

25 thoughts on “Basmati Rice With Spices

  1. Another favorite recipe of mine! Have you tried pulao (basmati rice cooked with vegetables). That is another delicious, quick meal!

    1. Bernice says:

      No, I have not… but… I have a lot of rice left over and was wondering what I could do with it. Since just making plain rice is boring and I have done that so many times. I will definitely give the rice & vegetables a try! Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  2. cookingwithsapana says:

    Looks tasty..I am very elated to see that you are specialize in Indian recipes .
    Keep blogging!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I am just learning how to cook Indian food. I love all the spices and flavors. I am looking forward to trying new recipes. Over the summer I had an Indian Chicken Curry soup that was just fabulous. I reproduced it and started a new adventure with Indian cooking!

      1. cookingwithsapana says:

        Best wishes for future..
        Keep blogging!

      2. Bernice says:

        Thank you! And best wishes to you!

  3. Another of your recipes that’s on my “must try” list! I’m just going to add the butter chicken to that list right now. ;-).
    Thanks for sharing this with us, it looks really wonderful!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the rice. I should be posting the Butter Chicken recipe tomorrow night. It is easy to make and is delish!

  4. try some saffron and lamb with it…

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for letting me know!

  5. writer77 says:

    A great recipe using my favorite rice! Time to get cooking! Many thanks!

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome – I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It was a nice change from plain rice.

  6. techie2mom says:

    I can already smell that heavenly scent!!!! you must have enjoyed…..

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes, it had a nice aroma! As I love spices!!

  7. Yesenia says:

    Your recipes look great and easy! Can’t wait to follow!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks. It really is simple to make. Plus it warms over nicely so you can make a full batch.

  8. chisha1982 says:

    This looks delicious. I think I’ll give it a try over the weekend!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you – I hope you enjoy it. And you can be creative with how much and what spices you add. It really is personal preference. 🙂

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