To Cat who wanted Basmati Rice ideas, I absolutely love the following:
Pumpkin with Rice and Ginger
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 scant Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 cup brown basmati rice
2 1/2 cups liquid (1 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 cups water is a good
1 cup pumpkin puree
Salt and pepper to taste.
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, or to taste
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. In a large saucepan saute the onion and ginger in water. Cook on medium
heat a few minutes till onion is softened.
2. Add rice and stir well 1 minute more. Then add liquid, pumpkin, salt,
pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to mix well. Bring to a boil , cover, and cook
on medium heat about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. (20 minutes
if using white basmati.)
3. Stir and taste for correct seasoning. Serve sprinkled with parsley and
optional raisins and nuts if desired.
(NOTE: I threw in some left over black beans and omitted the raisins the
last time. Good too.)