Cumin-Scented White Rice

Kathy D


This rice takes on a smoky-sweet flavor and a nutty texture. Recipe from Food and Wine.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable shortening (or lard)
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small
    onion, diced
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 2 c
    long-grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Cumin-Scented White Rice


  1. Heat the shortening (or lard) in a saucepan. Add the garlic and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are translucent - approx. 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cumin and bay leaves and cook until the cumin becomes fragrant - approx. 2 minutes. Add the rice, stirring to coat with the shortening or lard. Add the water and salt and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for about 18 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand, covered, for about 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, discard the bay leaves and serve.

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About Cumin-Scented White Rice

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Filipino

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