Place rice in a strainer and rinse under hot water until water runs clear. Heat Clarified Butter or oil in a medium saucepan and add rice. Stir over medium heat 1 minute, until butter or oil is absorbed. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes until water is absorbed. Gently stir rice about halfway through the cooking. When rice is done, give it another gentle stir. If rice is sticking to bottom of pan, add a couple tablespoons of water. Cover and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving. This rest period allows the rice to firm up so the grains will stay separated.

BENARES PILAO (Basmati Rice with Vegetables and Beans)

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GRAINS AND POTATOES

TANDOORI BOMBAY BLEND

Servings

Makes 5 cups

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Makes 5 cups
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 Tbsp Clarified Butter (page 159) or oil
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 2 whole green onions, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp SPICE BAZAAR TANDOORI BOMBAY BLEND