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The Best Basmati Rice Pilaf


  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This basmati rice pilaf with almonds and raisins perfectly accompanies many main courses. The Hindi word basmati literally translates to “fragrant.” Your home will smell amazing.


Ingredients

Units Scale

2 cups basmati rice

23 tablespoons olive oil or ghee

1 cinnamon stick, approximately 2 inches

1/2 medium onion, sliced into fine half rings

2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds

2 tablespoons golden raisins

1/2 teaspoon salt

22/3 cups water or chicken, beef, or vegetable stock


Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice by placing the dry rice in a 2-quart bowl and cover with water with a pouring spout.  Carefully pour out the dirty water leaving the rice behind. Do this five times until the water is almost clear. After the final rinse, cover the rice with 1.5 quarts of water and let the rice soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the oil into a medium saucepan pan or saute pan that has a tight-fitting lid.  Set over medium-high heat and when hot, place the cinnamon stick in the pan and let it sizzle for 10 seconds.
  3. Place the onions into the pan and stir fry until just turning brown.
  4. Add the almonds and stir until they are golden. Add the raisins and cook until they are plump just a few seconds.
  5. Drain the rice through a sieve and leave the sieve suspended over the bowl to drip for a few moments.
  6. Add the drained rice and salt to the pan. Stir very gently to mix and add the stock or water and bring to a boil. Cover tightly, turn heat to very, very low and simmer for 22 – 25 minutes. All liquid should be absorbed.
  7. Discard cinnamon stick. Fluff rice gently with a fork and serve.
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: basmati rice, rice pilaf, almonds raisins, side dishes, cinnamon