Steep the rice in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse the rice. Add the 1 1/2 cups of water and the rice to a medium sauce pot. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat, cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes.
In a large saucepan combine the half-and-half, the sugar, raisins and cardamom. Add the rice and bring to a gentle simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool and scoop into small bowls. Serve sprinkled with pistachios and enjoy!!!
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Stuart O'Keeffe, 2010