2 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice (I used brown basmati)
4-5 cups water or chicken broth (as needed)
1 heaping tsp turmeric powder
2-3 Tbs of butter or margarine
1 medium onion chopped
10-12 curry leaves
2-3 pandan leaves
1 stalk lemon grass bruised and sliced into 1 inch pieces
4 green cardamom pods
2-3 cloves garlic grated
1 inch ginger grated
1 Tbs black mustard seeds
1 tsp lemon rind
Juice one lemon(about 3 Tbs juice)
salt to taste
and melt butter. Next add curry leaves, pandan leaves, lemongrass, mustard seeds, cardamoms and cloves and fry for 1 minute. Then add chopped onion, salt and turmeric powder and fry until until they become softened. Add washed rice and lemon rind into pan and saute with all ingredients for 2-3 minutes.
Note: If you do not have a rice cooker, cook in a pot with a lid. Bring rice and liquid to a boil on high heat. Then lower the heat to a low setting on your stove and simmer rice for about 20 minutes with lid on. Then turn stove off and leave cover for 5-10 minutes undisturbed. Fluff and serve.
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