Basmati Rice with Spices and Saffron

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  1. In a small container, soak saffron in warm milk. Wash rice.
  2. Soak in a bowl with 5 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for 30 minutes, then drain.
  3. Heat the oil over medium heat in pot, put in the cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks, and stir a few times.
  4. Add the rice, frying and stirring about a minute.
  5. Add 2 1/4 cups water and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  6. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to very low, and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Fluff rice, pour the saffron milk in 2 or 3 streaks over the rice.
  8. Cover and keep cooking another for 10 minutes or until rice is done.

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