It is worth taking the time to do a few extra steps when preparing a savory rice side dish. First, rinse the rice until it no longer turns the water a milky color. See how here. Second, soak the rinsed rice in a bowl of water for 20 minutes before cooking. These two steps alone will kick-up your rice game!
Flavorful Basmati Rice
2 cups of rice
4 cups of chicken stock (the type with the lower sodium content)
2-inch piece of cinnamon stick
4-5 green cardamom pods
2 whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 small onion, cut into thin half moons
Rinse the rice. Soak the rinsed rice in a bowl of water for 20 minutes.
In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and cumin to the hot oil. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly; add the onion and cook until soft, about 8 minutes.
Strain away the soaking water from the rice. Add the rice to the pot. Saute the rice for a minute or two, and then add the chicken broth and salt. Bring the rice to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let the rice sit for 5 minutes.