We had friends over for dinner tonight and we got around to talking about how to cook rice.  My friend Judy had heard that a rice cooker is a kitchen must-have, but I think the recipe below is an absolute winner, with no need for a rice cooker.  It's one that my dad has always used and makes ordinary boiled rice taste amazing.  Try it and see!

Dad's Basmati Rice (feeds 4-6)
1 onion finely sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2.5 cups Basmati rice
5 cups boiling water
2 tsp salt

1. Wash the rice in a bowl 2-3 times, draining all the water away.

2. Heat the oil and the butter in a heavy-based saucepan with a lid.

3. Add the onions and cook until pale golden in colour.

4. Add the (uncooked) rice to the onions, stirring with a wooden spoon until it starts to look translucent and sticks to the pan (3-4 minutes).

5. Add boiling water, and then the salt.

6. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat completely to the lowest setting and cover.

7. Cook for approx 15-20 mins or until all the water has evaporated.  Make sure that the heat is really low or it will stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

8. The rice should be fluffy and grains should be separate, not sticking together.

Serve with  with any meat dish.


Till next Time