Rahaven Rice

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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3 cups Basmati rice*
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 pieces green cardamom pods
2 teaspoons cumin seed
1 pound whole fava beans**
1 cup dill -- minced, firmly packed
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups stock

Preparation / Directions:

* Rinse the rice 5 or 6 times, and soaked in water for 30 minutes and then drained in a sieve for 15 minutes ** Shelled, parboiled, and peeled (will yield about a 1/2 cup of beans) Heat heavy 3 1/2 quart sauce pan and add oil. When oil is very hot, add the cardamom pods and the cumin. Fry the spices until the cumin seeds turn almost black, but not to the burnt state. This could take 3-5 minutes. Add the rice and stir carefully to coat the rice with oil. Sauté the rice for a few minutes, then add the fava beans, the dill and the salt. Add the stock, bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low, cover the pan tightly and cook the rice for 25-30 minutes. Remove the cover, gently fluff the rice with a fork, cover the pot with a clean towel, replace the lid and let the rice sit for about 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4-6. If you don't have access to fresh fava beans, fresh peas will do as a substitute. You can also substitute the spices, using cinnamon stick, or fennel, etc

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