Indian rice. Here’s a tasty way to enjoy humble rice with your favorite comforting meals. Perfectly tender rice, whole spices for extra flavor and turmeric for health benefits – making this incredibly aromatic and delicious rice is easy. Maximum flavor with minimal effort!
You don’t need exotic ingredients to create an epic dinner. Believe me, even the humble rice can be turned into a delicious dish with the best recipe. Recently, there has been a global shift in everything we do including cooking. One of the positives is that we learned how to make delicious food with very basic ingredients without compromising on taste and nutrition.
This Indian rice is a great example for this – humble rice turned into a spectacular healthy meal. Fluffy rice is seasoned with whole spices, ground turmeric and topped with crispy fried onions. Total deliciousness in one bowl!
How To Make Indian Rice
The first step – choose good quality basmati rice. Well, you can make this dish with long grain or jasmine rice, but I highly recommend basmati rice for best outcome. I love the long thin fluffy strands of the rice. Start with rinsing the rice under cold running water followed by soaking for about 30 minutes. And that’s my little secret to fluffier beautiful rice.
After 30 minutes, drain the water. Now all you need to do is stir fry this rice in aromatic spices. I like to add a few whole spices to this dish like cinnamon, bay leaves, cardamom pods and cumin seeds. The depth of flavor coming from these spices is absolutely incredible. But make sure you remove the bay leaves and cinnamon stick before serving.
Once you sauté the dried spices in a little oil, add a sprinkle of ground turmeric. Alongside the gorgeous yellow hue, turmeric comes with umpteen health benefits. It’s another delicious way to make your food more nutritious.
At this stage, add in the rice and a dash of saffron milk. I dissolved a few saffron threads in a little milk to bring in more flavor to this dish. You can top this rice with fried onions, cashew nuts and coriander (cilantro) leaves.
Amazingly flavorful yellow Indian rice with the perfect balance of spices!
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