Cardamom & Cumin Infused Basmati Rice

Cardamom & Cumin Infused Basmati Rice


Delicate basmati is infused with cardamom and cumin seeds to create this flavorful and aromatic rice.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
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Step 1: Soaking the Rice (optional)

• 1 cup basmati rice


Rinse the rice under cold water to remove any surface starch, if desired. Soak the rice in about twice the amount of water for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Cooking the Rice

• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 to 2 tsp whole cardamom pods
• 1 1/2 to 2 cups water or light stock


Place the rice, salt, spices and liquid into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Once the liquid comes to a boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Let cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3: Resting & Serving the Rice


Once done, remove from the heat and let rest, covered, for 10 to 30 minutes. Gently fluff with a fork before serving.

Chef's Notes

You may want to remove the cardamom seeds after cooking as they are very strong if you happen to bite into one.

This rice can also be cooked using the oven method or the rice cooker method.


  • Linda D
    Linda D
    Do you count the soaking water as part of the cooking water? Or drain after soaking and add 2 cups water? LD
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Good question, in fact, we did a whole topic on this in one of the rice lessons. Here is the link to the specific topic called Rinsing and Soaking Rice Cheers!
  • Eric H
    Eric H
    I've looked everywhere for cardamom pods and can't find them...I guess I'll order them online... ... in the meantime,I picked up some ground cardamom and would like to try this recipe... how would you handle the substitution? half the account...?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Strange that you can't find cardamom pods anywhere. Generally any Asian or Indian store will sell them, along with many regular grocery stores. But then again, I suppose I don't know where you live, so I might be way off. With that said, yes, you could try using ground cardamom, as for how much, you might be right to start with half the amount. I know the flavor of the cardamom is somewhat subtle in this rice — the pods are even removed after the rice has cooked. Let us know how it turns out for you. Cheers!
  • John E
    John E
    great simple recipe

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