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Iraqi cinnamon & cardamom rice

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 1 cup of uncooked basmati or jasmine rice
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, salt, chilis, etc. to taste
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Iraqi cinnamon rice is easy and sooo delicious. It is pictured here with a fantastic zucchini kefta.This recipe serves 3-4 people as a side dish.

I'll tell you what you can do :

* For the best results wash the rice in a bowl of water, mixing it around, pouring the water out, and repeating again about 3 times. Along with the oil, this will prevent the rice from clumping. We're not making sticky rice here!

In a medium-sized pot, sauté the onions in oil on medium heat until they become transluscent, about 5 minutes. Next add the uncooked rice and several teaspoons of cinnamon, and stir quickly for 30 seconds, coating it with the oil and onions. Now add the water and 4-5 opened cardamom pods (or a teaspoon of ground cardamom) and increase the flame to high.

At this point you'll want to add the salt, and pepper to taste, but you'll want at least 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon or so of salt.

When the mixture comes to a boil, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and immediately reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow it to cook 20 minutes, then turn off the heat, and allow it to sit an additional 2 minutes, still covered.

Now open the pot and mix it up. It's "sooo good"!




For meat lovers, this dish can be made with broth to add even more flavor.

Cooking Rice

Because the rice is steam-cooked, it is important not to open the lid while cooking, and to add the correct proportion of water:

1 cup rice: 1.5 cups water

Don't make this dish in a rice cooker. This isn't Chinese food!

Best of luck,


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Cheyenne writes: (15 Sep 2014, 10:10)
Dear Moti,
I worked for a palestinian cook and always loved his rice so much. I plan on making yours tonight for dinner and am so excited to try it! I'm usually intimidated to cook rice so you must know it looks good for me to attempt to cook it. I found your website today and can't wait to work my way down the list of recipes. Thank you so much!
Bright Blessings,
winnie writes: (17 Aug 2013, 19:46)
Dear Moti,

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