Indian Basmati Rice

Feels good to be posting a recipe again.  This summer has been busier than expected, with fewer new foodie experiments than I would have liked.  Oh well; so it goes.  We did try a new recipe last night for Indian-style rice.  We made a couple changes, mostly involving the rice itself, because we typically have Jasmine rice on hand, not Basmati.  So we didn’t soak the rice beforehand, and we used the ratio of rice and water called for by our kind of rice.  That being said, it was really tasty.  And it smelled amazing!  It made the kitchen smell so warm and inviting, it was awesome. Definitely making it again.

Indian-Style Basmati Rice

1 1/2 cups basmati rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (2 inch) piece cinnamon stick
2 pods green cardamom
2 whole cloves
1/2 – 1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 1/2 cups water
1 small onion, thinly sliced

  1. Place rice into a bowl with enough water to cover. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. 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.
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3 responses

  1. ‘ sounds delicious! It doesn’t sound spicy, although there are some new flavors in there for me, I’m willing to give it a try.
    I love when you can smell the goodness of a meal in stages of preparation. =)

    • You should give it a try. It’s a nice flavor, but not at all hot-spicy. If you do give it a try, you may want to tend towards the 1/2 Tbsp of cumin. We used 1/2 Tbsp, as I saw some suggestions to not use the full Tbsp–we decided we wanted a bit more flavor from it and would use more next time, but maybe you’d want to try the smaller amount to see if you liked it. You could always up the amount the next time around!

      Thanks for the comments. 🙂

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