The rice, delicately flavored with fresh tomatoes and spices, is lovely just as it is. Or served with a little bit of thick yogurt. A huge favorite in our family, we need to have this every once in a while as simple comfort food.
1 cup Basmati Rice
1.5 cups Water
2 Tomatoes, blanched, skinned and ground
1 Onion, sliced fine
2 Green Chillies, chopped fine
1" piece Ginger or 1 tsp Ginger Paste
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Cardamom pods
Grind the ginger, garlic, cloves and cardamom and keep aside.
Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add the onion, chillies, ground spices and stir fry well, until the raw smell of the spices goes away, about 5-6 minutes. Add the tomato paste, water (enough water to cook the rice, taking into account the water from the tomatoes - about 1.5 cups), salt and mix well.
Cook until rice is done. Fluff with a fork. Simple and delicious spiced rice.
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