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Pearl Divers' Rice

Ingredients


Serves 4 as a side dish
225g (8oz) basmati rice
2.5ml (½ tsp) saffron threads steeped in 30ml (2tbsp) hot water
15ml (1 tbsp) rosewater
seeds of 3 cardamom pods, crushed
60ml (4 tbsp) runny honey
75g (2¾ oz) butter
60ml (4 tbsp) olive oil
salt and black pepper

Method

Wash the rice in a sieve until the water is clear, then soak it for a couple of hours. Bring a pan of water to the boil and tip in the drained rice. Cook it for about 4 minutes, until the outside of the grain is softening but the inside remains hard.

While the rice is cooking, mix the saffron with the rosewater and the crushed cardamom.

Drain the rice, rinse it with warm water and tip it into a bowl.

Stir the honey through the warm rice while you heat the butter and oil in a saucepan. When the fats are sizzling, add the honeyed rice and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Add the saffron, cardamom and rosewater mix, season with salt and pepper and stir everything together.

Make three holes in the rice with the end of a wooden spoon. Wrap the pan lid in a clean tea-towel, being sure to fold the edges underneath, and cover the pan. Turn the heat right down. Let the rice cook for about 15 minutes. Put the cooked rice in a serving dish and scrape the crusty bits off the bottom of the pan. Either stir the crusty bits through the rice or put them on the top. Serve immediately.



Reproduced with the kind permission of Diana Henry from her book Crazy Water, Pickled Lemon, Mitchell Beazley; ISBN: 1840005017
 
 
 
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