I realize that the dishes I've loved most lately read like humble filler dishes, and they are. They're just perfectly seasoned humble filler dishes (I'm looking at you, Broth-Braised Potatoes). Cardamom Rice Pilaf falls into this category. I expected nothing from this, especially because I haven't liked either of two other Dorie recipes I've made so far that used cardamom pods. I love it because it surprised me.
The recipe is straightforward and sounds unremarkable: an onion, lemon zest, cardamom seeds, salt, pepper, and rice, boiled in chicken broth. I used half the amount of cardamom listed in the recipe, because I learned from the Spiced Butter-Glazed Carrots that a few pods of cardamom go a loooong way, and Dorie apparently likes a stronger cardamom flavor than I do. I'm glad I did, because it turned out just right.
|Boring old rice. Or IS it?|
Conclusion: Loved it, and it takes hardly any more effort than cooking a plain pot of rice.