Plain Basmati Rice: Eating India

by Karen on Friday, May 28, 2010

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There are two ways to prepare Indian rice: 1) by boiling it in water like pasta and then draining it and then steaming it the rest of the way and 2) by adding the proportional amount of water and steaming the rice.  I used the second method here.

– 1 cup of basmati rice
– 1 1/3 cup of water
– some oil
– big pinch of salt
– frozen peas

Wash the rice until the water runs clear and soak for 15-20 minutes, be careful when rinsing- the grains are delicate.  In a pot, boil the water, oil, salt and the strained rice for about 10 minutes.  There will still be some water in the pot after 10 minutes.  Put a skillet or pan under the pot and sprinkle a handful of frozen peas on top.  (The skillet will help prevent the rice from burning on the bottom of the pot).  Cover and steam until the rice is fully cooked and the water is absorbed, fluffing the rice gently with a fork a couple times in between.

Variation- Fragrant Basmati Rice:

When steaming rice, add 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 1/4 bay leaf, 1 cardamom pod, and 1 clove.

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