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



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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


Omit ground cloves and ground cinnamon and replace with a green cardamom pod.

Reviews (3)

17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
I’ve been making this for years, always get rave reviews and asked for the recipe. Of course, I always credit Martha who has taught me so much! I add sliced almonds folded in at the end because the first time I had it the hostess served it that way.
Rating: Unrated
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.
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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.