Fragrant coconut and spice rice

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Oil
½ cup Peanuts, unsalted, shelled and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Dessicated coconut
1 cup Coconut milk
2 cups Water
1 \N Lemon grass stem, 10 cm long
8 \N Curry leaves
2 \N Spring onions, cut in 2 mm slices
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
½ teaspoon Ground cardamom
½ teaspoon Ground turmeric
2½ cup Long grain rice

1. Heat oil in pan. Add nuts, stir until golden; stir in coconut. 2.

Add coconut milk and water to pan. Stir in lemon grass, curry leaves and spring onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Add cumin, cardamom and turmeric, bring to a boil. Add rice, cook, uncovered, until steam holes appear at the surface. 3. Cover pan with a tight fitting lid, reduce heat to very low. Cook for 10 minutes. Lift lid, check if rice is cooked, continue cooking if required. NOTE: Jasmine or Basmati rice can be used instead of long grain rice if preferred. Avoid lifting the lid of the pan while rice is cooking, as all the steam will escape, resulting in gluggy rice. HINT: The curry leaf is native to south east Asia and as its name suggests, lends a rich curry-like flavour to Asian dishes.

Source: Cooking Indonesian

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