Rice Pilaf
Rice Pilaf
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Rating:
4.6 (5 rated)
Servings:
2

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is all about bringing the most flavor out of a dish by cooking with spices; she's even written a book n the subject, "The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs." Here, she shares an Indian-style rice pilaf recipe that's easy to follow but has complex flavor thanks to all the spices used. 

Ingredients

    • 4 star anise pods
    • 4 green cardamom pods
    • 4 whole cloves
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • ½ cup diced shallots
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
    • 2 dried red chiles
    • Salt, to taste
    • 2 cups cooked Jasmine rice

Preparation

In a medium sauté pan, warm the star anise, cardamom pods and cloves over medium heat, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the butter and swirl around the pan until melted. Turn the heat down to low, add the shallots, ginger, red chilies, and a pinch of salt, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until the shallots are glassy and start to caramelize.

Add cooked rice to sauté pan, and stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt as needed, and serve. 

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