Indian Rice

This is an absolutely fabulous rice recipe from my mom’s dear neighbor. I fell in love with it the first time I had it. It does require a lot of spices, so in that sense, it might not look like a frugal meal.  However, if you can find the spices in bulk, or at an ethnic food market, you can probably get a small stash for fairly cheap and be able to make this many times for very little extra expense.

2 large onions

salt to taste

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 cinnamon stick, or ground cinnamon to taste

2 large tomatoes, or tomato paste

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 clove cardamom

2 cloves

1 Tbsp fresh ginger

1/2 cup peas

1-1/2 cups rice (basmati is best)

4-1/2 cups water

Saute onion in olive oil in big pot. Add tomatoes and saute a few minutes. Add rest of spices. Make a smooth paste. Then add water and peas. Boil until rice is done. You might have to add a bit more water.

Serve with: Yogurt Onion Sauce

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2 Responses to Indian Rice

  1. Yvonne says:

    how much tomato paste would you use in place of the tomatoes?

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