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Cardamom Scented Basmati Rice

From: Heide Lang
  1. Rinse the rice in a fine mesh colander 4-5 times until the water is no longer cloudy. Drain well.
  2. Melt the butter in a 4-6 quart heavy bottom pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the rice and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes until all the grains are coated with butter.
  4. Stir in the water and salt and bring the rice mixture to a boil.
  5. Mix one more time, and then reduce heat to low.  Place a sheet of parchment paper between the lid and the pot and cover.
  6. Let rice cook for 18-20 minutes (depending on the brand of rice) until the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Take it off the burner and let the rice stand covered for 10 minutes (Do not lift the lid or stir!).
  8. Uncover rice and add cardamom. Fluff rice and serve.
*This recipe works for jasmine scented rice as well.
    **You may also leave out the cardamom if the dish you are serving is complex and does not need a boos of additional flavor.