Start by rinsing the basmati rice. Then soak it for at least two hours, or ideally, overnight.
Rinse the soaked rice again until the water is clear.
Finely chop the fresh dill. *
Add the coconut oil into a large pot, then add the dill, rice and water. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
As soon as the water boils, reduce the heat and cook for about 15 minutes or until all the water is evaporated.
Fluff up the rice with a fork and add an optional dob of butter, then serve hot.
* You can use dried dill instead. I've never done this, so I don't know the exact amount substitutions but I would start with 1/3 of the amount and add more if needed.Ways to Customise This Dish:I usually keep my rice fairly simple, because the majority of the seasoning is in whatever I accompany it with. However, if you're wanting to add a bit of additional flavor, then there are a few options:
You can use your favorite vegetable stock ( or even use homemade), instead of water when cooking the rice.
Feel free to lightly sautee some onions or garlic to add to the rice dish.
long-grain rice varieties are the norm for this dish - but you can experiment with whatever rice varieties you have in your store cupboard.
Add a squeeze of lemon juice into the rice, just before serving.
You can also add a knob of butter into the rice, just before serving
If you're wanting to experiment with herb combinations - then I love to add in a small handful of mint or some basil.
Peas or broad beans mixed into this rice are a great way to get in some additional nutrition.
You can also use this rice as part of a stir-fried rice dish with additional veg.
Note: The total time does not include the soaking time.