Jeera Fried Rice

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    1 hour

    Fragrant and delicious, serve with raita or some ghee on top.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 3 

    • 200g basmati rice
    • 600ml water
    • salt to taste
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
    • 5 black peppercorns
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch ground cloves

    Directions
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Wash rice well and soak in salted water for 30 min.
    2. Heat oil in a heavy or nonstick pan. Add onions and fry till dark brown. Remove onions and set aside, but reserve the oil in the pan.
    3. In the same oil, stir-fry cumin, peppercorns and bay leaf for a few seconds.
    4. Drain rice, reserving the water, and add the rice to the frying pan. Add sugar, stir gently, fry till rice is light brown. Add cinnamon and cloves, and stir. Add reserved water and bring to the boil.
    5. Lower heat and simmer covered until rice is the cooked and the water evaporates. Rice should not be sticky when finished. Spoon the onions on top to serve.
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    I was taught how to make this rice by a Pakistani friend of mine. She used Basmati rice, whole cloves, and added frozen peas for color. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone fry raw rice! The aroma while the rice is cooking is fabulous - almost unbearable! She served it with okra that was stewed with tomatoes and we ate by scooping it up with warm pita bread using only our left hands. It was my first hands - on experience of authentic ethnic cooking, and I have since gotten 'the bug' and continue similar types of cooking adventures. I will always think of my friend when I prepare this rice - thank you Uzma!  -  12 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    7

    Very easy and delicious rice, even without the cumin seeds (I used ground instead). Very fragrant. Next time I will try basmati rice for a completely authentic touch.  -  05 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    4

    Very nice and simple.  -  17 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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