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  Serena’s Basmati Rice Basmati Rice is a type of rice that only grows in the Northern Region of India, including Punjab and Haryana, and parts of Pakistan touching India. Though called the “King of Rice,” Basmati rice means “queen of fragrance,” of “the fragrant one,” and is characterized by a specific aroma when cooked, sweetish taste, and elongation to twice its previous size after cooking. The rice is a staple in Indian cuisine, and is often eaten by itself, or with other types of curries and daals. Basmati Rice, a major agricultural product of Northern India and historically found in many texts as a royal cuisine, is often associated with abundance and wealth as a crop that grows well in its environment and does not decay easily. Rice is believed to have medicinal purposes as both a commodity and part of a ritual. Gujaratis celebrate Sharad Purnima by drinking flattened rice in milk to promote health while rice is also used as a skin remedy. Hindus celebrate the festival of Diwali by eating rice candy while in Southern India a child’s first food eaten is rice. This rice was srcinally eaten plain and on its own, but gradually more spices and herbs were added for different flavors, as well as vegetables and other curries. What you’ll need:  2 cups Basmati Rice Olive oil One brown onion 5 cloves 1 pod of black cardamom One cinnamon stick A half a teaspoon of cumin A half a teaspoon of salt 4 cups of water Mixed vegetables of your choice (often peas and corn) Big Pot bowl (Makes about 10 servings) How to: 1.   Peel and chop the onion in half. Lay the flat sides of each of half down and cut thin slices lengthwise. 2.   Turn on the fire underneath the pot and use the olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pot. Keep the fire on relatively high 3.   While the oil heats, get the cloves, black cardamom, cumin, cinnamon stick and salt and put them as is into the pot with the oil. After, pour the onions into the pot 4.   While the spices are in the pot, wash the 2 cups of Basmati rice in the bowl by pouring in water and using your hands to rinse it. Rinse about 3 times. 5.   After you have rinsed the rice, check the pot. If the onions have turned a brown color, pour in the rice, stirring gently to mix the spices and onions with the rice. Also add in your desired amount of vegetables. 6.   Using the bowl you used for the rice, put the four cups of water in the bowl and pour that into the pot. Wait for the water to boil 7.   Once the water boils and then turn the heat much lower on the stove and put the lid on the pot. Wait for about 20 minutes. 8.   After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, but do not remove the lid! Serve after about 5 min of sitting.  Sources Uppal, Holly. Mother. Interacted 28 May 2014 Uppal, Gurmit. Paternal Grandmother. Interaction unknown, source of srcinal recipe. Basmati-king of Rice. The-south-asian . N.p., 2006. Web. 29 May 2014.
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