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Cinnamon Basmati Rice with Golden Raisins

Basmati rice has a sweet, nutty flavor; in Hindi, the word basmati means "queen of fragrance."

  • servings: 4
Photography: Dana Gallagher

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Variations

Omits ground cloves and ground cinnamon and replaces with a green cardamom pod.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Melt butter in a medium high-sided saucepan set over medium heat. Add onion, cloves, and cinnamon; cook until onion becomes translucent and mixture is very fragrant.

  2. Step 2

    Place rice in sieve, and rinse under cold running water. Add rice to saucepan, and stir so grains are coated in butter mixture.

  3. Step 3

    Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, raisins, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Stir in 2 cups water. Raise heat, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until all water has been absorbed and rice has cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove pan from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

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Reviews (2)

  • stephaniemcmahon 21 Mar, 2011

    A friend brought this for dinner and i made the Quinoa-and-Apple Salad with Curry Dressing. They are amazing together. A plain green vegetable is all that is needed for a wonderful dinner.

  • BlossomWinnie 14 Dec, 2007

    I made this for a holiday pot luck at work and received several compliments. It's relatively simple to make, the cinnamon and cloves give off a wonderful aroma, and the raisins balance out the flavors nicely.