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Turmeric Garlic Pilaf

Prep time: 5 minutes
Soaking time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serving: 4


350g Basmati rice
2 tsp turmeric
2 star anise seeds
5-6 black peppercorns
2-3 cloves
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 black cardamom
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
6-7 cloves garlic (sliced/chopped)
1 large onion (thinly sliced)
20g cashews
45g green peas
15g raisins

Step 1

Wash and soak rice in water for minimum 30 minutes

Step 2

Bring 1.2L of water to boil in a large saucepan, add soaked rice, turmeric powder, star anise seeds, black peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, and 2 tablespoons of oil. Gently stir, then let the rice boil for 5-7 minutes

Step 3

Once rice is cooked (rice should soft) switch off the heat and drain in a colander. Let it sit for 5 minutes

Step 4

Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves and stir. Add sliced garlic and onion to it and sauté till they are golden in colour. Add cashews and sauté again

Step 5

Now add peas and sauté again. Cover the pan with lid and let peas cook for 3-4 minutes. Add raisins and sauté. Add cooked rice and mix well. Cover the pan again and let rice steam for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the heat and serve the rice hot. Enjoy!

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