Pulao Rice

Recipe courtesy of Pabla Indian Cuisine


* 2 cups Indian basmati (rice)
* 3 to 4 tablespoons canola oil
* 2 cinnamon sticks
* 6 whole cloves
* 3 bay leaves
* 5 pieces cardamom
* 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
* 3 cups water
* 1/4 tablespoon salt
* 2 ounces green peas
* Saffron, to taste

Rinse rice three or four times in cold water, Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Measure canola oil into a saucepan. Add cinnamon and cumin seeds. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Add water, rice, salt and green peas. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until “dry” Add saffron. Reduce heat to low: cover pan with cotton cloth and lid. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from heat, keeping pan covered for 15 minutes.