David's Recipe for Microwave Vanilla Rice

Very much a party dish, as you'll discover if you check the price of good vanilla and saffron. In any case, you'd know that it's a party dish from the aroma.

Side Dish, American

  • 1/2 kg rice
  • 1 soup spoon olive oil
  • The seeds from 6 pods of cardamom
  • 1 black peppercorn
  • Pinch of coarse ("kosher") salt
  • 1 pre-minced vanilla bean. It's better to use a dry one, if you have one.
  • 1 gram saffron threads
  • 75 ml hot water for soaking the saffron
  • 1 liter boiling water
  1. Soak the saffron in the hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Grind together the cardamom, pepper, salt, and vanilla pieces.
  3. Mix the ground spices and oil thoroughly into the rice. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  4. Mix the saffron and its water very thoroughly into the rice.
  5. Mix the boiling water into the rice.
  6. Microwave on medium or high (depending on the power output of your microwave gadget) for 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to stand for five minutes to continue cooking in its own heat, then serve as a side dish.

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