About this recipe:This is the basmati rice that you'll find in many Indian homes. Whole spices and fried onions flavour this rice, and soaking the basmati rice before cooking makes all the difference.
280g basmati rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (5cm) piece cinnamon stick
2 pods green cardamom
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 small onion, thinly sliced
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:25min › Ready in:35min
Place rice into a bowl with enough water to cover. Set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves and cumin seed. Cook and stir for about a minute, then add the onion to the pot. Saute the onion until a rich golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Drain the water from the rice, and stir into the pot. Cook and stir the rice for a few minutes, until lightly toasted. Add salt and water to the pot, and bring to the boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork before serving.