Aromatic Brown Basmati Rice With Indian Spices

Adding a touch of spice to Basmati rice adds a little something extra to Indian dishes. Most restaurants and indeed most Indian chefs I know serve white rice with their meals. I prefer the health benefits of whole grains, so I go for brown or red rice every time. Preparation of this versatile side dish is simplicity itself.

 

 

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Fragrant Brown Basmati Rice With Indian Spices
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
47 mins
Total Time
52 mins
 

Adding a touch of spice to Basmati rice adds a little something extra to Indian dishes. This side dish is simplicity itself. 

Course: Quick & Easy, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Stovetop Method:
  • 1 1/2 cups brown Basmati rice, thoroughly rinsed in cold water
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom pods
Instant Pot Method:
  • 1 1/2 cups brown Basmati rice, thoroughly rinsed in cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom pods
Instructions
  1. Rinse rice and transfer to a medium saucepan.

  2. Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and water.

  3. Cover and bring to a boil at medium-high heat. This should take about seven minutes.

  4. When the water has reached a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover again and steep for 40 minutes.

  5. Uncover, and test to see if the water has been absorbed by the rice*. You can do this by pushing a little aside with a fork to see if any water is pooling at the bottom of the pan.

  6. Fish out the bay leaf, cinnamon, and cardomom pods. Discard.

  7. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. 

  8. Cover and allow to rest for ten minutes more. Fluff again and serve hot.

Instant Pot Method:
  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot.

  2. Set Instant Pot on manual, high, 15 minutes, natural release. Remove spices.

  3.  Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

Recipe Notes

*If the rice still has liquid, cover and continue cooking another ten minutes. 

 

 

 

Below are the equipment and products I used in this recipe. Click on the photo to order yours through my affiliate link with Amazon.com, for which I receive a small advertising fee. Please visit my Store for more information.

All-Clad 5-Ply Stainless Cookware

This is a good basic set that will serve most of your needs.

This is an extra piece of All-Clad I have found very useful. It is not a part of a set.

Lundberg Organic Brown Basmati Rice

 
 

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks, 4 oz

Pride of India Organic Bay Leaf

Swad Green Cardamom Pods

Instant Pot - 8qt, 6qt, & 3qt

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