Saturday, February 7, 2009

Indian spiced Basmati Brown Rice

Most of us are used to white rice, especially when it comes to Indian food. If you are one of those people that don’t like to break tradition because you are afraid that it won’t taste right, I think you will very surprised at this recipe.

1 cup brown basmati rice
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 pods green cardamom
1 piece cinnamon stick- about 2 inches
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon cumin seed
2 cups water
Salt to taste- optional

Rinse rice well. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, and cumin seed. Cook and stir for about a minute until fragrant. Cook and stir the rice for a few minutes, until lightly toasted. If you are going to add salt do it at this time. Add the water to the pot, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 50 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes, fluff with a fork before serving.

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