Geelrys

A simple dish of rice flavoured and coloured with turmeric, Geelrys (geel-rice) is a good accompaniment for roast chicken or lamb. Use a good quality long-grain rice such as Basmati. If Basmati is not available use any rice you are familiar with and alter the amount of water used accordingly.2 oz. butter

12 oz. long-grain rice, washed, soaked in cold water for

30 minutes and drained

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon salt

3 oz. seedless raisins

1 cinnamon stick

1 bay leaf

24 fl. oz. boiling water

In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the rice. Reduce the heat to moderately low and, stirring constantly, fry the rice gently for 5 minutes. Add the turmeric, salt, raisins, cinnamon and bay leaf and stir well to mix.

Pour in the boiling water and increase the heat to high. When the rice is bubbling, cover the pan, reduce the heat to very low and cook the rice for 15 minutes or until it is tender and all the water has been absorbed. Remove and discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Turn the rice into a warmed serving dish and serve.

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