Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 1⁄3 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream
DIRECTIONS
Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water [...]

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Chicken Biriyani with Cream and Garam Masala

Serves 6 to 8
INGREDIENTS
10 cups water
2 cups basmati rice
1 recipe Braised Chicken in White Sauce with Garam Masala
DIRECTIONS
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the rice, and stir gently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Return to a boil, turn the heat down, and simmer vigorously, [...]

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Grape Leaves

Makes 24
INGREDIENTS
2 (1 lb) jars grape leaves or pack of 12
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups cooked basmati rice
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
sautéed with onions and garlic
cooled Salt and pepper, to taste
5 scallions, roughly chopped
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450˚F. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch grape leaves for 1-2 minutes to [...]

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Rice Pilaf with “Standing Spices”

Serves 6 to 8
INGREDIENTS
2 cups basmati rice
4½ cups cold water
2 medium red onions
¼ cup canola oil, plus about 1 cup for deep-frying
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
8 green cardamom pods
A 2½-to-3-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ teaspoon whole cloves
¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
¼ teaspoon coriander seeds
3 bay leaves
3 whole dried red chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS
Combine [...]

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Tamarind Rice

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
½ cup warm water
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional)
6 dried red chiles (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon turmeric
1 large red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Sambhaar, or 1 [...]

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