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Madhur's Spiced Basmati Rice image

Martha's friend Madhur Jaffrey, author of numerous Indian cookbooks, shares her secret for perfectly cooked rice. Washing the rice minimizes the starchy powder left over from the milling process, while soaking allows each grain to absorb water so that it sticks less to the next grain during cooking.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Pasta and Grains     Rice Recipes

Number Of Ingredients 8

2 cups uncooked basmati rice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 fresh hot green chile
1/2 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Madhur's Garam Masala Madhur's Garam Masala
1 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cups Homemade Chicken Stock Homemade Chicken Stock


  • Pick over rice, and place it in a large bowl. Wash rice with several changes of water. Drain.
  • Pour 5 cups of fresh water over the rice, and let it soak for 30 minutes. Transfer to a sieve, and let drain for 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until onion has lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add rice, green chile, garlic, Garam Masala, and salt. Stir gently until all the grains have been coated with oil, about 3 minutes. If the rice begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, reduce heat slightly.
  • Pour in the stock, and bring the rice to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, and reduce heat to low. Cook 25 minutes more; serve.

Top Asked Questions

How to make basmati rice?
1 1 ½ cups basmati rice. 2 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. 3 1 (2 inch) piece cinnamon stick. 4 2 pods green cardamom. 5 2 whole cloves. 6 1 tablespoon cumin seed. 7 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste. 8 2 ½ cups water. 9 1 small onion, thinly sliced Add all ingredients to shopping list.
What to serve with basmati rice?
This savory Indian rice recipe is flavored with whole spices and fried onions. Soaking the basmati rice before cooking makes all the difference. Serve this Indian-style rice with your favorite Indian curry or dal (lentils). Make sure you warn people not to bite into the whole spices! Place rice into a bowl with enough water to cover.
Is Indian spiced basmati rice gluten-free?
Share or Save It for Later! The perfect accompaniment to any protein source, this gluten-free, vegetarian Indian Spiced Basmati Rice can be prepared in one pot in under 30 minutes. Its spicy and aromatic flavors will boost your metabolism in the most delicious way.
Why is my basmati rice sticky?
It tastes better when it has been soaked. Why Is My Basmati Rice Sticky? If your basmati rice is sticky once cooked, you either did not rinse it well enough, or you added too much water to the pot. Where Is Basmati Rice Grown?

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