This is one of my “go to” basic recipes. When it comes out of the oven, I serve it as a side dish or simply stir in some cooked chicken or shrimp and some vegetables to transform it into a complete meal.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Basmati rice
2 cups water
Get started: In a large saucepan, combine the oil and butter. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook 3-5 minutes until the onion softens and stir in the rice.
Cook: “Toast” the rice for a minute by stirring it over high heat. When it starts to make crackling sounds, add the water. Adjust the heat until very low, cover and cook until the rice is done, 15-20 minutes. Do not stir it as it cooks or it might cook unevenly.
Serve: Once cooked, use a fork (it will not break up the grains the way a spoon might) to stir the rice and taste for seasoning.
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