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       Title: Basmati rice pilaf
  Categories: Grains, Indian
       Yield: 4 servings
       1 c  Basmati rice (from
            -Indian grocery or
            -gourmet shop)
       1 sm Onion
       3 md Carrots
       1    Bay leaf
       2    Cloves
       4    Black peppercorns
     1/4 t  Cumin seeds
       1 T  Light vegetable oil
       2 T  Butter
       1 T  Kosher salt (or to taste)
   Wash the rice in cool water, squeezing gently with your fingers, until the
   water runs clear.  Put the rice in about 2 cups of cool water to soak for
   20 minutes. Strain soak water into saucepan and heat. Leave rice to dry in
   strainer.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
   While rice is drying, chop onion finely and set aside.  Dice carrots and
   set aside. Measure spices.
   When rice is dry, heat oil over medium-high flame in heavy, oven-proof
   skillet or casserole dish. Add spices. When spices become fragrant, add
   butter and onions. Cook until onions are tender and light golden brown. Add
   carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes.
   Add rice and cook, stirring very gently for 5 minutes.  Add salt and heated
   soak water, bring to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until water on top of
   rice has boiled off. Cover tightly and cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
   F. Remove from oven, let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.
   *  Basmati Rice with Carrots -- This is a delicate, fragrant rice dish, one
   of our favorites. I got the recipe from an Indian cooking class. It’s a bit
   of work, but well worth it.
   *  It is important to handle the rice gently so that the grains are not
   broken.  It’s also important to use whole spices; ground spices would
   overpower the rice.
   *  This dish can be re-heated in the oven.
   : Difficulty:  easy.
   : Time:  30 minutes preparation, 30 minutes cooking and cooling.
   : Precision:  measure the ingredients.
   : Nancy Mintz
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