In Indian cooking, basmati rice is a long grain rice known for its delicate fragrance and this dish is probably the one I get asked about most. Now, one thing you need to understand is that Indians are terrible rice snobs. I did try to open up my mum’s world once by cooking her a risotto and I have never been looked at with such dismay – it was like her brain could not compute that you can cook rice like this, or serve someone ‘rice soup’ as she called it. Oh well, I tried…
Right then, I always use basmati rice as it is the best and it always delivers. Put it like this, once you’ve made my rice you will never make it any other way again (or you’ll have me to answer to!).