Spiced Basmati Rice


2 cups basmati rice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
2-2/3 cups water

Cooking Instructions

Place the rice in a bowl and cover with water. Stir the rice a couple of times with your hand and then drain. Do this several times until the water runs clear. Place the rice back into the bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes to one hour. Drain thoroughly.

Heat the vegetable oil and butter over medium heat in a large pot, preferably nonstick. Cook the onion, without letting it brown, stirring frequently, until softened (about 4 minutes.) Add the garlic and cumin seeds and cook for another minute. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring to coat the rice in the oil, until slightly golden (about 10 minutes). Add the salt and water and bring to a boil. Cover very tightly, turn the heat down to very low, and cook for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and leave the pot covered and undisturbed for another 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

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recipe courtesy of elliemay.com