In this rice dish, cooked basmati rice is fried with toasted lentils, chiles and plenty of coconut before being topped with toasted cashews. It's an ideal rich rice dish to soak up curry sauce or any Indian stew.
Using equal parts rice and water, make sure the pot is simmering before you cover it. This ensures the proper heat level so that in 20 minutes, the rice is fluffy and the water has been absorbed. Afterward, be gentle when you toss the rice with the spices. You want to season the rice but not break up the grains.
To learn more, read "A Passage to Indian Cooking."
Cashew-Coconut RiceRecipe adapted from Claire Hoffman
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes