Spiced rice in a pan

Spiced basmati rice

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6

Slow cook your basmati in the style of a pilaf by steaming with spices for this Keralan-style Indian side dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal356
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 500g basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable or corn oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp grated ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • ½ tsp each - ground cumin and ground cardamom
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 long dried red chillies
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands, optional



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…


  1. Bring the rice to the boil in 2 litres of water and allow to cook for 7 mins. Rinse the rice in a colander with cold water. Leave to drain for 5 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put half the butter and the oil into a saucepan. Bring to a medium heat and add the rest of the ingredients, except the rice and the saffron. Slowly fry until fragrant, then stir in the drained rice. Using the end of a wooden spoon to make holes in the rice to allow the steam to rise. Dot the remaining butter on top of the rice and scatter over the saffron. Put the lid back on the pan, and cover with a tea towel to seal the steaming process. Turn off the heat and leave to steam for 30 mins – this makes the rice fluffy and separated without drying it out.

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1st Apr, 2013
This is tasty but an odd way of cooking it. Can't see why you rinse with cold water and then still expect to be able to steam the rice? Next time I will drain the rice and add it into the hot buttery flavours straight away.
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