This is the most expensive rice in the
world. For its expense, there is a good deal of preparation.
However, there it is no other rice like it in the world, the
grain itself is very delicate and thin, an elegant rice, indeed.
Basmati Chaaval -
Plain Basmati Rice
- 2 cups Basmati rice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter*
2 2/3 cup water
- Pick the rice over and place in a bowl.
Wash in several changes of water. Drain. Pour 5 cups of fresh
water over the rice and let it soak for half an hour. Drain thoroughly.
- Combine the rice, salt, butter and 2 2/3
cup water in a heavy large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover with
a tight-fitting lid, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Lift
the lid, fluff gently but quickly with a fork and cover again.
Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender.
Serves 6 to 8.
*If you want a more "authentic"
taste of India, use ghee instead of butter. Ghee is clarified
butter or pure butter fat. Having no milk solids, it can be used
for cooking at higher temperatures and can be stored without
refrigeration for up to 3 or 4 months. See how to make Ghee.
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