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Basmati Rice Recipe
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Basmati Rice

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"Simple basmati rice, like in the restaurants!"

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    20 mins

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  1. In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. When rice is cooked, stir in peas and cumin. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2006

Consider dry-frying the cumin seeds in a cast iron frying pan for several minutes before adding to the rice. When you hear them "pop" they are ready. Heat the peas before adding to rice.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 05, 2007

I find that it helps to soak the rice in a bowl of water first. Also, when cooking the rice (I usually just use my rice cooker), I like to add a cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, and a couple anise seeds to give it a more traditional flavor and great aroma!

May 21, 2003

Needs salt. Followed recipe exactly, thinking the cumin must eliminate need for salt: not! I've given the recipe 5 stars anyway, for ease, looks, and the way it WILL taste next time when I cook it with salt added.

Aug 21, 2009

Excellent, excellent recipe. I didn't have cumin seeds, so I used a 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder. I also used chicken broth in place of the water. It was the most delicious and savory rice I've ever had!! I served it with chicken and veggie kabobs. It turned out well, like a restaurant dish! Thank you for this recipe!!

Aug 06, 2003

Just like the restaurants serve in Saudi Arabia =-) More authentic than other recipes I've seen.

May 19, 2006

Nice and simple, but use GROUND cumin seed since the whole seed won't provide much flavor by itself.

Sep 29, 2006

Wow how easy can it get?! I made the rice in my rice cooker as usual and then added the cumin seeds (not ground) and frozen peas when it was done. Closed the lid and let it mesh together for a few minutes and the peas were cooked and rice flavorful.

Jul 27, 2008

Very nice rice. We all enjoyed the flavor of this. I added 1/2 tsp. salt. I'll use this one again. This is a dry rice and really is better with a saucy dish like curry. Thanks Kristine, this went really great with our chicken tonight.


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  • Calories
  • 175 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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