How to make it

  • Measure out all your ingredients and have ready.
  • Slice onion if you haven't done that already and heat up pot on stove.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and let heat up in pot.
  • Add onion and let cook on medium till translucent, stirring often.
  • I prefer my onions to brown and caramel a little, but try not to burn your onions.
  • Once onions are cooked through, add garlic and cook for ONE minute - you do not wish to burn garlic.
  • Add rice (yes without any water), using wood spatula, stir rice until each rice has a little of the remaining olive oil on it.
  • (This is the little secret of his mom, in creating rice that does not stick)
  • Continue stirring rice for 2 minutes, put heat on low if you have to.
  • Add wine first if using that, stir then add the water, stirring again.
  • Add salt and pepper and any other optional ingredients except for the scallions - it's their turn at the end)
  • Put on lid and turn heat up.
  • Pay attention till when rice starts to boil, turn down heat at once and put on low.
  • Let cook and simmer on low for 10 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
  • To check for water absorption - take a spoon or knife and gently pull a little of the rice aside looking for any water - is water all gone?
  • Great! Once water has evaporated, turn off the heat and grab those paper towels.
  • Fold up paper towels, and place just under lid and let rice "sit" for 5 minutes.
  • Put lid back on pot sitting on top of paper towels.
  • The paper towels will soak up any of the extra steam that the rice will give Remember that the heat is off under the rice at this point.
  • During this time, it's great to plate your main dishes, call your peeps to the dinner table, etc. while the rice is "resting".
  • When ready, taking a fork, "fluff" up your rice, using a fork is essential. Serve with sprinkled diced scallions on top - and voila.
  • Basmati Rice Oh So Nice - time to eat!

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  • pilano 9 years ago
    I am trying this , for sure!!
    I have found this site
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    bajan ate it and said...
    I have only recently discovered Basmatic rice - love it and am alway looking out for recipes that give it an extra punch. Will save it and grade it later after I have tried it. Thank you.
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  • mintymommybee 10 years ago
    paper towels makes sense! I am always wishing the condensation away, but bet this much more effective! will try this with brown basmati in the morning! thanks for sharing a good thing!
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  • grandmommy 10 years ago
    Sounds like an awesome way to prepare basmati. Saved to try later.
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  • suzalleogram 10 years ago
    Thanks for this recipe- I love basmati rice but I always f*** it up! This sounds like a winner even I could do :)
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  • divaliscious 10 years ago
    I know - who would have thunk it - paper towels?!? - But cooking the onions and adding the rice without any liquid was new for me as well...simply delectable and so many other optional additions not mentioned here - anyone can alter it for their tastes...
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  • coffeebean53 10 years ago
    I'm definitely going to try this. That's a new tip about the paper towels. Thanks for a great and helpful post. :)
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