Basmati Rice with Raisins & Cashews

Looking for a way to wake up your rice? In this recipe, the grains are cooked with star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves—and topped with a tasty mix of toasted cashews and raisins.
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Recipe by Nigel Barker

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed

  • 2 star anise pods

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 5 cardamom pods, cracked

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup cashews

  • 1/2 cup raisins


1. In a small saucepan, combine the rice, star anise, cinnamon stick, cardamom, cloves, 1 3/4 cups water, and 3/4 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. 

2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium. Add the nuts. Cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add the raisins. Cook until the raisins are heated through and the nuts are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove the whole spices from the rice. 

3. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a bowl. Top with the nuts and raisins.