TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 3
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds, optional
  • 2 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted, for garnish
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
    • Special equipment: deep saucepan, 9 1/2-inch diameter, with lid
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      Directions

      Cook the onion in the oil, in a deep saucepan with the cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, and nigella seeds, if using, until the onion is slightly browned and soft. Keep the heat medium to low and stir frequently; this should take about 10 minutes.

      Add the rice and move it about in the oily spiced onion until it is slicked and glossy, then pour in the stock and bring the pan to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and cook over the lowest heat possible for 20 minutes.

      Turn off the heat, take the lid off, cover with a tea towel and clamp the lid back on the saucepan. You can leave the rice to rest like this for at least 10 minutes, and up to about 1 hour. Fork the rice through when you are ready to serve it, scattering the toasted sliced almonds and cilantro on top.

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      • on November 05, 2013

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        I made this with Bal's Apple Basil Curry and it was the best rice I have ever made. When I opened the lid, the smell was intoxicating. Will definitely make again.

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      • on February 13, 2013

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        Made this with the Muhglai Chicken from the same episode. So good!

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      • on July 11, 2012

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        This is perfect for any Indian dish - take a look at Bal Arneson's recipes for ideas. It is fragrant and tasty, and makes a lot.

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