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!