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. […]

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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 […]

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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 450ËšF. In a large […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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