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Basmati Rice, the queen of rice - learn how to buy, store, and cook with it

'Basmati' means fragrant, and white basmati rice is fragrant, long grain rice produced in northern and central parts of India. It is the most popular rice out of India. It is widely used worldwide, particularly for its nutty aroma and the long grains that, when cooked, stay separate. Buy When looking to buy basmati rice, look for these indicators: Made in India, and it can be packaged anywhere in the world Long grain, and then it will be categorized by it's length - classic, extra-long, and supreme. Ideally, you would want to buy supreme. I recommend Tilda, Royal India, Laxmi brands. Buy in small quantity, approximately 2 lbs per person in your household. Store Store basmati rice in an airtight container or a sealable bag....

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Potatoes and Peas pulao

Mummy makes this rice dish every winter, atleast a few times, some variations may exist, adding cauliflower instead of potato, or sometimes any other vegetable. As I write this recipe, I can smell this pulao..fresh green peas (if you can find) are best for this pulao, but I use frozen for convenience sake. If you are using fresh green peas, then add it along with rice so that they will get cooked as the rice gets prepared.Serves: 3Ingredients1 cup basmati rice (see my instructions on how to wash basmati rice)1 red onion thinly sliced, so almost about 1 cup of sliced red onion3 green cardamoms, partially crushed3 cloves1 teaspoon garam masala1 teaspoon cumin seeds1 teaspoon coriander powder1 Idaho potato, washed,...

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Cumin scented basmati rice

White Basmati Rice seems to be a staple rice dish available at restaurants. The one that we get at restaurants will most likely be seasoned with cumin seeds and garnished with cilantro. It is a very simple rice and there are a couple of ways to make it. I suggest cooking the rice separately and adding it to the seasoning.Making this dish with leftover rice (rice cooked on previous day) will result is fluffy rice.Serves: 6 Ingredients1 tablespoon cumin seeds2 cups white basmati rice, pre-cooked (see my recipe for how to cook white basmati rice), preferably cooked a day before1 tablespoon ghee1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, for garnishInstructionsHeat a 3 qt saute pan over medium heat. When the...

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