Basmati Rice with Vegetables

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

Very flavorful Indian rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, melt the butter and saute onion until translucent.
  2. Add cloves, cardamom pods, bay leaves, peppercorns, cinnamon and cumin seeds.
  3. Saute two to three minutes.
  4. Add rice, water, salt, saffron and peas.
  5. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Cook with lid on for 20 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat and let sit for five minutes with lid on.
  8. Fluff with fork before serving.
Most Helpful

This rice is phenomenal! Fragrant and flavorful. The recipe makes a gigantic batch -- 1/3-batch would still leave the 2 of us with leftovers! We use 1 teaspoon of salt instead of 2, and only 1/4 of a regular-sized onion.

mikentara July 30, 2002

EXCELLENT RECIPE! It is blessed with a great flavour and made a wonderful meal tonight with dahi boondhi. Yummy! Just few small changes: I did step 2 before step 1. In other words, only after the cumin seeds had crackled and the spices were giving out this awesome smell, I added the onions and some green chillies as well. Also, I substituted the saffron with turmeric powder. The rest is just the same. Thank You Rhonda for this memorable meal:)!

Charishma_Ramchandani May 02, 2002

This is very similar to a recipe that came from an Indian friends private cookbook. Why people review these recipes on the basis that they EAT the cinnamon etc. is beyond me, but what the.. For a really tasty difference, add 2 tsp of sugar when frying spices. Cook the onion a little more fist. Should be really soft and brown. I tend to omit the peppercorns and have added curry leaves instead of bay. Try it!!

PhilH September 30, 2007