Serves 8–10 / Myriad flavors and textures enliven this sumptuous holiday rice. In Ayurvedic cooking, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves soothe tension and promote good health. Remove whole spices before serving.
1-1/2 cups uncooked white basmati rice
1. Rinse and drain rice. Heat ghee or oil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add fennel seeds and toast until lightly browned. Add rice, water, raisins, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
PER SERVING: 218 cal, 25% fat cal, 6g fat, 3g sat fat, 4mg chol, 4g protein, 37g carb, 2g fiber, 155mg sodium