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Fragrant Basmati rice

Fragrant Basmati Rice

Easy and delicious, Fragrant Basmati Rice is a perfect side to any simple protein. So easy to add your own embellishments; both gluten-free and vegetarian.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Rice & Grains
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 193 kcal


  • 1 cup Basmati rice rinsed in a fine sieve until water runs clear then dried either by shaking the sieve vigorously until no water drips or spread onto a tea towel (or folded paper towels) to dry
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or other oil
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole black or brown mustard seeds if you don't have, add another ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon or to taste, curry powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water most Basmati has a ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups water, but check yours to be sure. Add the water they tell you to, not what I tell you to
  • ½ cup defrosted frozen peas optional
  • Toasted sunflower seed kernels or chopped roasted cashews, optional
  • Chopped fresh cilantro optional


  • Heat the coconut oil and ghee together in a pan with a tight-fitting lid; add the cumin and mustard seed and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes over medium-low heat, or until you can smell them (don't let them burn); then add the dried rinsed rice. Sauté the rice until the edges are just beginning to turn translucent and the rice kernels are coated; about 3 minutes. Stir in the cumin powder and curry along with a nice pinch of salt, stir in the water and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over low heat until the water is absorbed, check after 15 minutes but more than likely it will be 20 minutes. Add your optional ingredient; if using the peas, allow them to sit on top of the rice in the covered pot for 3 minutes; then stir, fluff and serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 298mg
Keyword basmati rice, flavorful easy rice dish
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