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Cinnamon Basmati Rice With Golden Raisins

What you need: 

1 tablespoon margarine
1 medium yellow onion cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup basmati rice
1 dried bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
2/3 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste

What you do: 

1. Melt margarine in a medium high-sided saucepan set over medium heat. Add onion, cloves, and cinnamon; cook until onion becomes translucent and mixture is very fragrant.
2. Rinse rice under cold running water, drain and add to saucepan. Stir well so grains are coated in margarine mixture.
3. Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, raisins, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Stir in 2 cups water. Raise heat, and bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until all water has been absorbed and rice has cooked, 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Remove pan from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

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