Bengali-Inspired Pilaf

TYPE : Indian
Side Dish
YIELD : 6 servings
CALORIES : 198 kcal
PREP TIME : 5 mins
COOK TIME : 20 mins
TOTAL TIME : 25 mins

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 cups (5 dl) basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee (or oil)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground or whole seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom ground or pods
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2-3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cup (6 dl) water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • pinch of saffron threads (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (1 dl) cashews and/or raisins (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS :

Using a regular pot with lid

  • Clean and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Sauté the spices in ghee or oil.
  • Add rice, hot water, bouillon, saffron, raisins and cashews (if used), stir then cook at low heat under lid until all water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).

Using an instant pot or rice cooker

  • Mix everything in the pot and cook according to instructions.

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