Jeera Chawal - Rice with Cumin Seeds
recipe is published with the permission of Manju
Malhi from her book 'India with Passion'.
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has quickly become one of our favourite home cooks since
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in 2002. Manju beat hundreds of contestants to secure
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and has since presented her own televison show for Taste
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a child, and refined her skills while studying in Bombay
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Punjabis in northern India are predominantly a wheat-eating
people, but they cook "seasoned" rice on special occasions.
Plain or steamed rice is only eaten when someone is
feeling under the weather. Cumin is the second most
popular spice in the world after black pepper, and it's
also one of the main ingredients in various spice mixtures.
The fresh, nutty aroma is unmistakable.
(10 1/2 oz) white basmati rice
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp salt
15g (1/2 oz) butter or ghee
the rice thoroughly under cold running water.
the oil in a heavybased pan. Add the cumin seeds and
stir for a few seconds, allowing them to sizzle but
the rice and salt. Stir so the oil coats all the rice
and it looks glossy.
in 600 ml (21 f1 oz) boiling water and add the butter
and simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes or until the
grains are tender (all the water should have gone).
from India with Passion