While the rice is sitting, you can move on to the next step. By now the garlic should be cooked. Remove it from the oven and let it cool. Then take out the insides of each clove. Keep in mind that the garlic should be soft and sticky, indicating it’s done cooking. Finely chop the garlic cloves and add them to the pan of rice.
By the way, the roasted garlic is the secret ingredient. “When you roast garlic, it’s milder and a little sweet, and it’s a real superstar in this dish,” Hahn tells us. “It caramelizes during roasting and gives the rice a rich, flavorful flavor.” yum!