What inevitably comes to mind when you think of side dishes? Rice, no doubt. There are a lot of varieties out there, but we like basmati--also known as "popcorn rice" because of it's unique flavor and aroma--the best. It's' the perfect foundation for the bold flavors of cilantro and green onions.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup water
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds, and sauté for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the rice and garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the water and broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and the remaining ingredients.
This is a wonderful, simple recipe and makes the perfect side for more standout dishes (like bold curries, marinated and grilled meats, etc.). I really like the idea of cooking the rice in beef broth, it imparts a ton of flavor. I'm from India, so I'm pretty picky about my rice, but this recipe definitely delivered!
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