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Seasoned Basmati Rice

Yield About 6 cups uncooked rice mixture (serving size: cooked: 1/2 cup)
Spices are tied in a bouquet garni so they're easy to remove after cooking. And the cheesecloth-wrapped bouquets, bundled in food-safe cellophane, are also good stocking stuffers on their own. Include these directions with each package of rice: Bring 3 cups water to a boil; add bouquet garni and 1 1/2 cups rice mixture, and cook 18 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender. Discard bouquet garni; stir 1/2 teaspoon salt into rice mixture.

Ingredients

  • Bouquet garni:
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom pods, toasted
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, halved
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 4 cups uncooked basmati rice, divided
  • 1 cup lentils, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 118
  • caloriesfromfat 3 %
  • fat 0.4 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 3.7 g
  • carbohydrate 25.3 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 150 mg
  • calcium 9 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare bouquet garni, combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Divide mixture evenly among 4 packages of a double layer of (4-inch-square) cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely with kitchen twine.

  2. Place 1 bouquet garni, 1 cup rice, 1/4 cup lentils, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper in each of 4 containers. Seal tightly.

  3. Note: Nutritional analysis includes 1/2 teaspoon salt added for cooking.