ndian Style Basmati Rice
Indian Style Basmati Rice is aromatic and flavorful. Serve with main courses such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoor Chicken, or Sag Paneer.
rinsed and soaked
small yellow onion
Rinse rice and add to a large bowl, cover the rice with water and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet or pan that has a lid (to cover rice later).
Add bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves, and cumin let cook for 2-3 minutes until the aroma from the spices start to come out.
Add finely sliced onion and stir for 3-4 minutes until onion is golden brown.
Drain rice and get rid of the excess water by using a strainer.
Add rice to the skillet and stir for 2-3 minutes until rice gets crispy but not brown.
Add salt and 2 1/2 cups of water.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until rice has taken all of the water.
Let stand for 5 minutes or more then add a pinch of saffron to the center, fluff with a fork.
Before serving use a fork to remove the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, and bay leaves. These add a lot of flavor, but aren’t so pleasant to bite into during a meal.