Aromatic basmati rice with caramelized onions and pine nuts


  • 2 cups basmati rice, * washed in lukewarm water and left in cold water to soak
  • 2 cups water
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch of cumin seeds
  • Salt
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 700ml hot water


Step 1
Melt the ghee in a wide, heavy bottomed saucepan until very hot, add the onions, pine nuts, cumin seeds and cardamom pods.

Step 2
Break the cinnamon pieces into the mixture and let it all sizzle for a few minutes.
Rinse the rice in hot water and drain.
Add to the pan and stir to mix.
Pour in the water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.


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