Indian Rice Salad

From Nelson’s Kitchen

I made this recipe in large quantities for our Summer Garden Party and it was a great success.

  1. Perfume the oil
    • Place the saucepan with a lead in which you will cook the rice over medium heat and allow it to warm through.
    • Add the oil, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
    • Stir a bit and let the oil heat up, stirring occasionally. Once the spices begin to perfume the kitchen, remove them from the oil and discard.
  2. Pickle the Red Onions
    • Cut the half onion in half keeping the root part together.
    • Finely slice the onions (you want 1/4 circles) and place in a bowl.
    • Put white vinegar, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small saucepan.
    • Simmer stirring until sugar dissolves.
    • Pour hot vinegar mixture over the sliced onion and cover loosely. Let onions cool completely, about 30 minutes.
    • Drain onions in a strainer and discard the vinegar mixture.
    • You can put it in the fridge for later use, but it should be at room temperature for serving.
  3. Toast the slivered almonds
    • Heat oven to 300 F
    • Spread slivered almonds onto a clean baking sheet
    • Toast almonds until very lightly golden and they start to release their fragrance (15 to 20 minutes). Monitor closely as they can easily overcook and become bitter.
  4. Cook the rice
    • Add the rice and the cumin to the perfumed rice stir to coat well.
    • Add the turmeric and salt and stir them in.
    • Add the water and the saffron threads and bring it to a simmer.
    • Once simmering put the lid on and turn down the heat.
    • Let cook for 12 minutes.
    • Turn the heat off and leave the rice to cook for a further five minutes.
  5. Fluff and cool the rice
    • Take the pan off the heat.
    • Use a fork fluff up the rice and spread it onto a baking sheet to cool down.
  6. Assemble the salad
    • Transfer the rice to a large bowl.
    • Add the spinach, coriander, sliced onion, lime juice, olive oil and mix it all together well.
    • Arrange into a serving dish and sprinkle the toasted almonds on top.
    • Serve at room temperature.