Flavoured Onion Rice with Broccoli

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 22 mins

Another one of my bizzare originals, that actually turned out wonderfully! This makes a light main dish along with a salad/raita, or a side dish with anything else! Steam the broccoli beforehand if you like to it more cooked. I like it crunchy! Oh, and I didn't make a spelling error; "FlavoUr" is right :)


  1. Wash the rice well.
  2. In a saucepan, cover the rice with 1 cup water, add a little salt (around 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon), and bring to a boil.
  3. Now lower the flame, cover the saucepan with a lid, leaving a small gap for the steam to escape, and cook for about 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
  4. While the rice is cooking, melt butter in a skillet and saute the onions on medium-high heat until browned.
  5. Remove onions from the skillet and reduce the flame to low.
  6. Add 1/3 cup water to the same skillet, salt to taste, and cook the broccoli in it for about 5 minutes.
  7. Now add the tomato paste, mix well, and cook for another minute or so.
  8. When all the water has evaporated, add the browned onions and the cooked rice to the skillet and mix well.
  9. Heat through for a minute, add salt to taste, and turn off the burner.
  10. Add a dash of pepper and serve hot!
Most Helpful

Anu, it was very nice! I made this for dinner tonight and mom thought(from the colour of the rice) that I'd made Chinese:) I used a small tomato(paste of) and a small onion(instead of half a medium one). I substituted the butter with cooking oil. I made the onion-broccoli mix and added white rice(cooked) to it. This was the leftover rice we'd made for lunch(about 1 1/2 cups). I had this rice with some low-fat yogurt over it. I enjoyed my meal, thanks to YOU!:)

Charishma_Ramchandani May 24, 2002

I love anything with sauteed onions. I thought this had a complex flavor for so few ingredients. I did use a lot of fresh ground black pepper, and the broccoli has a bit of a peppery flavor, too, I think. I probably used a full teaspoon or more of butter. I just got some of that concentrated tomato paste in a tube, so it was easy to just use a little. I saw the suggestion of a raita and made a cucumber one to go with this, but I did like it plain too.

Nose May 07, 2006

nice recipe!!! i was out of basmati & used short grain rice, although i really like basmati & will try it again with basmati the next time. used a little more broccoli than called for, less butter & tomato paste, added 2 tomatoes, diced. i did end up having to add more spices, it was just too bland for my taste. but i love how low it is in cals & fat

dolphyn722 October 15, 2005