This is my go-to recipe for rice. It is so delicious and goes with so many different types of cuisine. Even though it is Cuban via Miami in origin, it plays well with Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Southeast Asian cuisines. It is also incredibly easy to make.
2 tablespoons oil or butter
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 teaspoons minced or grated fresh ginger
1½ cups basmati rice
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (comes in a can, stir before measuring)
1½ cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1. Heat oil or butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, but not brown, about 1 minute. Add the rice and sauté until the individual grains are shiny, about 1 minute.
2. Add the coconut milk, water, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and cook the rice until all of the liquid is absorbed and the grains are tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and let the rice stand, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve at once.
If you want to make it a bit ahead of time, you can rewarm it in a low oven.
Adapted from Steven Raichlen’s Miami Spice