3 tablespoons peanut oil, plus 1 tablespoon for the cashews
1 medium yellow onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 cups (1 tasse) basmati rice, rinsed several times in cold water and drained well
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup raw cashews, halved
2 cups (1 canne de 398 ml)unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups (100 ml) water
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup grated fresh coconut
Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic and ginger and cook until soft. Add the drained rice, salt and pepper and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the cashews and cook until lightly golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Place coconut milk and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the hot liquid to the rice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. When the rice is cooked, remove from the oven and fold in the green onion, and coconut. Spoon the rice onto a platter and garnish with the toasted cashews.
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
Cook the onion in the oil, in a deep saucepan with the cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, and nigella seeds, if using, until the onion is slightly browned and soft. Keep the heat medium to low and stir frequently; this should take about 10 minutes.
Add the rice and move it about in the oily spiced onion until it is slicked and glossy, then pour in the stock and bring the pan to the boil. Cover the pan with a lid and cook over the lowest heat possible for 20 minutes.
Turn off the heat, take the lid off, cover with a tea towel and clamp the lid back on the saucepan. You can leave the rice to rest like this for at least 10 minutes, and up to about 1 hour. Fork the rice through when you are ready to serve it, scattering the toasted sliced almonds and cilantro on top.