3cups basmati rice ( i changed to jasmin rice, no basmati available )
pinch of saffron ( other option turmeric powder )
1 Onion chopped
4 shallots chopped
toasted flaked almonds
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
1 tsp cumin seed/powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
* clean rice sit aside.
* heat oil in large pot/pan, sautee chopped onion, shallot & garlice for a minute add in spices fry till aromatic.
* stir in rice and mix well until coated in the siced oil, then add boiling water/chicken stock and seasoning to taste. add in saffron and saffron water and stir.
* bring back to gentle boil, stir again and let the rice simmer, uncoverred for about 10 minutes, until all water has been absorbed. reduce heat, add in raisins and frozen peas recover lid and leave to stand for 15 minutes, till cooked keep checking.
* uncover, fluff up with a fork and stir the toasted flaked almonds into the mixture. served hot, garnished with crisp fried shallots if liked.
Happy cooking!! :)