Author Notes: An incredibly fragrant, earthy, and rich Indian rice dish. Your family will be asking for seconds and thirds. —Ellie Betzen
tablespoons ghee (or unsalted butter)
tablespoons whole cumin seeds (must be whole seeds)
cups basmati rice
tablespoon chopped cilantro
- In order to get the maximum benefits of the fluffy, loose consistency that is typical of Indian rice, pre-soak the rice in a large bowl of water for approximately 1 hour. Then thoroughly drain it and you can get started right away.
- Heat the butter in the pot over medium heat and saute the cumin seeds for 10 seconds. Pour 4 cups of water in that same pot, bring the heat up to a high until water simmers. Add basmati rice and salt, simmering on medium heat for approximately 20-30 minutes, or until liquid is completely soaked and the rice is fluffy and loose. Fluff rice with a fork and garnish with cilantro.
Photo by Ellie Betzen