• 2 Cups basmati rice
  • 1 Cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 green cardamom seeds
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon saffron
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 21/2 Cups water
  • 1/2 Cup California golden raisins, soaked in warm water and drained
  • 1/2 Cup chopped shallots, fried
  • 1/4 Cup almonds, toasted and sliced
  • 1 Cup sliced scallions; for garnish
  • 1/2 Cup cilantro leaves, for garnish


Wash rice and set aside to drain well. Meanwhile, heat ghee in a heavy pan with cover and fry onion for 2 minutes. Add rice and whole spices; mix well and continue to cook until rice is translucent, about 15 minutes. Stir in saffron until rice turns yellow. Season with salt and add water to cover. Cover pan and place in oven at 400°F for about 40 to 45 minutes, until done. Fluff with chopsticks or fork and fold in raisins, fried shallots and almonds. Garnish with sliced scallions and cilantro. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 840 (Calories from Fat 64%); Total Fat 59 ( Saturated Fat 34; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 90; Sodium 970; Potassium 422; Total Carbohydrate 69; Dietary Fiber 3; Sugars 17; Protein 7; Calcium 73; Iron 3;

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