Fragrant Rice

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  • 8 ounces long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Wash the rice, then drain in a colander.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based deep pan and fry the shallot for about 2 minutes until golden.
  3. Add the cinnamon, turmeric and crushed cardamom pods and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the lime leaves, rice and stock.
  5. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to moderate. Simmer for 15 minutes, covered with a lid. After 15 minutes lift the lid and check. The grains should be tender with virtually no liquid left.
  6. Stir with a fork to fluff up.
  7. Serve.

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