Malabar rice


2 cup long grain rice
4 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
8 green cardamoms
5″ cinnamon stick
8 cloves

1 tsp cumin seeds
12 black peppercorns
2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Wash rice and leave to soak for 30 minutes in the water. Heat oil in a heavy pan and fry the onion until golden. Bruise the cardamoms lightly and break the cinnamon into three pieces. Add them to the onion with the cloves, cumin and peppercorns. Fry gently for about 30 seconds until the spices are slightly puffed and browned. Drain rice, reserve the water and put the rice into the pan. Fry for about 3 minutes until the rice becomes translucent, then add the water and salt. Stir frequently and bring to boil. Reduce heat to very low. Cover pan and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. The surface of the rice will be covered with tiny holes. Turn off heat, replace the lid and leave rice to steam for another 10 minutes. Turn rice out on to a warmed platter with a wooden fork, fluffing it as you do so.

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