Basmati Rice Pilaf

Alex Guarnaschelli

Basmati Rice Pilaf
Adapted from foodnetwork.com
Basmati Rice Pilaf

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 2

    cups basmati rice, washed

  • 4

    cups cold water

  • 2

    teaspoons whole cumin seeds

  • 3

    cardamom pods, lightly crushed, black seeds reserved, pods discarded

  • 1

    teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

  • 12

    black peppercorns

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 2

    tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 3 tablespoons, cut into slices, optional

  • 1

    large red onion, peeled and finely diced

  • Kosher salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. In a medium bowl, add the rice and 4 cups of cold water. Soak the rice for 1/2 hour. In a small bowl, add the cumin seeds, cardamom, fennel seeds, cinnamon, black peppercorns, and bay leaves and stir to combine. Turn the mixture out onto a baking sheet and put it in the center of the oven to lightly toast the spices and awaken the flavors, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the spices to cool. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat and add the butter and the onion. Season with salt and cook until the onions are translucent but not brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the spices. Drain the rice but reserve the soaking water. Stir in the rice and cook until you hear the rice crackling, about 2 minutes. Gently stir in the reserved soaking water. Season with a generous portion of salt and bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat. Cook the rice over medium-low heat, uncovered and undisturbed, for about 8 minutes. Take a fork (so as not to damage the rice) and flake a few grains off to taste for doneness. It may need to be cooked another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the rice to "rest" (as you would a roast beef) for 10 minutes before "forking" it gently into a serving bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of butter, if desired, and serve.

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