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Aromatic Indian Basmati Pilaf

Savor the Fragrance of Spiced Basmati Rice

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Aromatic Indian Basmati Pilaf

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 10 minutesCook time: 35 minutesRest time: 15 minutesTotal time:1 hour Servings:6 servingsCalories:210 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Experience the essence of Indian cuisine with this aromatic basmati rice dish. Infused with the flavors of cumin, onion, and a hint of cloves and cinnamon, this recipe elevates the humble rice to a fragrant staple that perfectly complements a variety of Indian meals.



  1. Begin by collecting all the necessary components for the recipe.
  2. Place the uncooked basmati rice in a bowl and submerge it in water to soak. Allow the rice to soak for 20 minutes to soften and ensure even cooking.
  3. During the final 10 minutes of the rice’s soaking time, warm some oil in a sizable pot or saucepan set over a medium flame. Introduce the whole spices to the oil: a cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves. Follow these with cumin seeds.
  4. Allow the spices to fry gently, stirring them for about one minute or until they become aromatic and the seeds start to pop. Next, incorporate the sliced onions into the mix.
  5. Continue to fry the onions, stirring frequently, until they become soft and take on a deep golden hue, which should take around 10 minutes.
  6. Once the rice has finished soaking, drain off the soaking water and add the rice to the pot. Sauté the rice, stirring it constantly, until it becomes slightly toasted, which should take about 3 minutes.
  7. Pour in the measured amount of fresh water and add salt to your taste. Increase the heat to bring the contents to a rolling boil. Once boiling, cover the pot with a lid, turn down the heat to its lowest setting, and let the rice simmer. The rice should absorb all the water in roughly 15 minutes.
  8. After the rice is fully cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, still covered, for an additional 5 minutes to finish steaming. Finally, use a fork to gently fluff the rice, separating the grains before serving.


  • – For best results, use high-quality basmati rice to ensure the grains remain separate and fluffy.
    – Adjust the level of spices according to your taste preference.
    – The rice can be garnished with fresh herbs such as cilantro or mint for added flavor.
Keywords:Indian Basmati Rice, Aromatic Rice, Spiced Rice, Indian Cuisine, Rice Pilaf
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    06/20/2024 06:28 am GMT

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