Zeera Chawal Cumin Rice

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curry on cooking female focus july18Rice is a staple, versatile food eaten by millions on a daily basis across the globe. With more than 40.000 varieties; rice is one of the oldest grains thought to have originated at least 130 million years ago as wild grass. 

We are terrible rice snobs and for Indian cooking only use long grain Basmati white or brown rice. There is nothing like the distinctive nutty taste and the fragrant aroma you only get with Basmati rice. Known as the Prince of Rice it is grown in designated areas in the foothills of the Himalayas.

There are many ways to cook rice, but we find the absorption method is the best. Ratio - 1 part rice to 2 parts water. To get good results every time, wash the rice in cold water until it runs clear. When ready to serve, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.

2 cups Basmati rice
1 small onion finely chopped
3 tablespoon sunflower oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups water

Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Measure the dry rice into a jug or small bowl. To get rid of the starch; rinse the rice really well with cold water. Wash until the water runs clear. Drain well.
In a large saucepan heat the oil until it is medium hot, add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds begin to crack and turn a light brown colour; add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until the onions turn a golden colour.
To the onions add salt, garam masala and ground pepper, cook for a further 1 minute.
Add the water, stir, bring to the boil, turn the heat all the way down and cover the pan tightly with a lid.
Cook on the lowest heat possible for 8 to 10 minutes with the lid on. Take it off the heat and check to see if the rice is cooked; the grains will have swelled in size, fluffy, soft individual grains is the aim. If the grains are still hard, put back on the heat, cover and cook for a further couple of minutes. Once cooked, fluff up the rice using a fork.
Decant the rice to a serving dish/platter or tray.

TIP: Try not to over stir the rice during the cooking process.

curry on cooking female focus july18 2If you don’t have the spices why not use our newest Biryani Rice Kit instead - launched this month along with Pakora Spice – available from www.curryoncooking.com.

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