Basmati rice is so amazing. Fragrant and sweet, exotic and nutty…I love it. I made an Indian inspired pilaf last week that rocked with flavor–so good that it’s making a repeat appearance tonight! After sauteeing some ginger and garlic in olive oil, I added a dash of cardomom, cinnamon and nutmeg–just dashes of each, enough to favor not overpower (1/4 teaspoon of each). Added the rice and water for four servings and let it simmer covered until just moist, after which I added a 1/4 cup of currants and 1/4 cup of pistachios. Finally a few gratings of lemon zest and the rice was ready. OMG, the fragrance was just amazing. I think tonight I am going to make a cross cultural dinner. On a bed of that Indian Rice I am going to serve my Thai peanut chicken. I’ll let you all know what Rand thinks!