Clove Masala Pilaf

Cloves are a fragrant spice with magical powers. If you eat cloves, they work as a natural mouth freshener and your body will naturally repel mosquitoes!

makes ~4 servings


1 cup white basmati rice

1 1/2 cups water

2-3 tablespoons ghee or olive oil

clove masala from below

1 teaspoon salt


1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 each mace flower

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds



  1. CLOVE MASALA: Roast in a 300F oven for 3-4 minutes or over a skillet in stovetop. Be carful not to over-cook or the spices will lose their fragrance.

  2. Rinse the rice in lukewarm tap water 2-3 times. Soak in more water for an hour and up to 4 hours.

  3. In a stockpot, combine the basmati rice, ghee or oil, clove masala and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down

  4. Cook for another 6-7 minutes then turn the heat off. Let rice rest for 5-7 minutes and fluff just before serving.

ideas / variations

  • True basmati rice with a depth of flavor and complexity comes from India — there are plenty of imposter brands, so beware.

  • Feel free to mix in a vegetable of your choice!