One of my favorite side dishes of all time, this basmati rice pilaf has flavors like garlic, onion and tomatoes. Paired best with fish and chicken!
*Do not skip draining and soaking the basmati rice – it will change the texture of the finished recipe. Place the dry rice in a large mixing bowl and fill with water roughly 2 inches above the rice. Agitate the rice with your fingers so the water gets cloudy, then pour the excess off, using a mesh strainer to catch any escapees. Repeat this at least 10 times, until the water runs clear, then soak the rice for 20 minutes. Drain it again in a mesh strainer before adding to the recipe.
** A 6qt or larger Instant Pot can be used instead of the stove in this recipe. Just follow recipe as directed, using the sauté function on the pot: high to boil, low to simmer. The Instant Pot will not allow the lid to twist closed while using the sauté setting. If you don’t have the (separately sold) clear cover, just rest the lid on top of the pot – it still works.
Keywords: rice pilaf, basmati rice, side dish, rice