Indian Basmati Rice Pilaf

Indian Basmati Rice Pilaf

I am always looking for dishes to serve at parties, so I decided to take a cooking class at Schoolcraft College from Chef Gabriel.  We had the chance to cook dishes from India.   This basmati rice pilaf was especially tasty.


2        Tbsp                Ghee (Clarified Butter)
1        cup                   Onions, small dice
2        cloves             Garlic, minced
1        cup                   Basmati rice, washed and rinsed
1 ½    cups               Water or chicken broth
½       tsp                   Turmeric powder
½       tsp                   Grated ginger
1        Tbsp                Lemon juice
1        Tbsp                Curry leaves, cut into fine strips
To taste                     Salt and pepper

Garnish: Toasted almonds


  • Heat the ghee in a sauce pan and sauté the onions until they begin to brown.
  • Add the garlic, turmeric and curry leaves, and sweat until the spices begin to get fragrant.
  • Add the rice and stir evenly, add the stock and lemon juice, and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer on a very low flame until all liquid is absorbed. Do not stir.
  • Garnish with toasted cashews.

Basmati rice is one of my favorite types of rice, both white and brown.  Here is a YouTube video about how to cook the perfect Basmati Rice.  The cooks in the video “Show Me the Curry” strain the rice, where as I have always allowed the rice to soak up the water until it is flaky.

Rice is a great dish to serve at a party, but the timing on the different types can be tricky.  Here are some guidelines to cook rice properly.