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Spiced Rice Recipe

Spiced Rice Recipe

Ingredients :

2 1/2 cup long grain rice

2 tablespoons boiling water

2.5 tablespoons ghee

1/2 teaspoon saffron strands

4 cardamom pods, bruised

1 small cinnamon stick

4 whole cloves

8 black peppercorns

4 cups hot water

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons sultanas

2 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds

2 tablespoons blanched halved pistachios

Rind of 1 orange, grated finely


Method :

Wash the rice and drain thoroughly. Fill a bowl with boiling water and soak the saffron for 10 minutes. Heat a heavy saucepan with ghee and gently fry cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and peppercorns for 2 minutes. Add the rice and continue to stir and fry for 3 minutes. Add salt, hot water orange rind, soaked saffron strands and liquid. Stir and bring to the boil. Then turn heat very low, cover tightly and cook for 20 minutes. At the end of this time, scatter sultanas over surface of rice, replace lid and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Serve garnished with almonds and pistachios.


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