Terrific Turmeric Rice Recipe

I like the easier alternative cooking method but try them both and enjoy...

Gather the ingredients:

1 cup white basmati rice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 finger finely grated fresh raw turmeric root
4 whole cloves
3 teaspoons ghee or coconut oil
6 curry leaves

  1. Using a mesh strainer, rinse the rice and soak it in cold water for 10 min, drain well.
  2. In a 1-to-2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add the salt, turmeric, cloves and 1 teaspoon of the ghee.  Add the rice and return to a full boil.
  3. Cover with the tight-fitting lid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.  Do not open or stir the pot.  In 15 minutes, check whether the grains need a little more water or more time - all the water should be absorbed, and a grain of rice should not be hard when squeezed between your two fingers.  Turn off the heat and keep the grains covered.
  4. In a metal measuring cup or small pan, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of ghee over medium-low heat, add the curry leaves, and sauté for 5 to 10 seconds, until the leaves crisp up.  Drizzle the infused ghee and leaves on the rice, cover, and let the grains firm up for 5 more minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork and remove the cloves and curry leaves.  Serve steamy hot.

Alternative method of cooking...

Pat-dry the washed and soaked rice in Step 1.  Heat 1 Tablespoon ghee over low heat, add turmeric, cloves and curry leaves, and cook for 10 - 15 seconds.  Add the rice and gently stir-fry until the grains become translucent and squeaky.  Add the water and salt and follow cooking instructions in Step 3.  Skip step 4.

Terrific Turmeric Rice Recipe
Dancing Dog Farm, Sue Bordelon April 14, 2022
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