Rice is one of those essential must have side staples all over the world. Nobody would ever think anything else, it’s just so common, loved and enjoyed that there are even folks living on it every single day. I grew up with lots of rice in the house too but we rather used it as a side with western recipes. I mentioned before that my mum would make a easy roast chicken with fresh thyme, garlic and mushrooms for Sunday dinner and with that she would always serve and follow a fragrant rice recipe with clove. The same rice recipe was commonly taught to us in college time as well so it’s a common rice side in Europe. The fragrant rice recipe is quite versatile and goes well too with other meat meals such as the Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne or even the Pork Fillet with mushrooms and potatoes.
Now I am big fan of Basmati Rice and since I am living in India I get all kinds of Basmati rice types to buy. Often if you go to a local shop here you get a whole lots of choice when it’s about rice and pulses. At first you will not see the goods because an untrained foreign eye doesn’t recognize the principle of disordered Indian shops with their miniscule rooms. You reach the shop look around and 5 other folks come at the same time, rubbing at your shoulders, telling the shop keeper what they came for before you have even the chance to collect your thoughts and realize what you want. The shop keeper might not even understand your uttering words and you try to speak some broken local Hindi or other Indian language, which by the way makes it just worse because your tongue can’t make the difference between a t, T and th.
But if and if only you get to the point where you finally communicate with hands and feet, so that you get to see bags full of gorgeous different rice types, you end up hurrying since the mosquito hordes suck your last drop of blood. Hey at least you get some rice choices which you would never get in a village in the European alps! On top of that quality (or semi quality?) rice at a very convenient price for a foreigner. here you pass the streets holding tight on your rice bag with a big smile in your face because you could actually live on that bag for a few weeks! Unbelievable but true (and tested!).
Enjoy the fragrant rice recipe with clove!
- 100 grams Basmati Rice
- 200 milliliter Water
- pinch Salt
- 1 Onion
- 1 dozen cloves
- Wash your rice a few times under water until the water is clear. Place the rice with the recommended water into a pot and add a pinch of salt. Keep on a slow to medium flame.
- Grab a Onion half it peel it cut of the ends. Poke the Cloves into the Onion.
- Place both Onion ends with the Cloves into/on top of the cooking rice. Don't mix the rice at this point. Just allow it to cook for about 18-20 minutes or until the rice is fluffy cooked but not sticky over cooked. (although I like mine sticky)
- Take out the onion pieces with all the cloves and discard. Mix the rice properly and strain any excess rice water. Serve hot as a side with meat or veg meals.
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