Simple Spiced Rice

Simple Spiced Rice

19 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Recipe by  kbarnett

“This is a savory side for many meats. This is a very simple version that would appeal to a wide range of palates.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the basmati rice and onion until the rice kernels are coated with butter and the onion is translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. The rice will give off a slightly toasted fragrance. Pour in water, and mix in salt, cinnamon sticks and bay leaf.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the saucepan, and simmer the rice until all the water has disappeared and the rice appears dry, about 18 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

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I love making my rice with the herbs and seasoning in the cooking liquid. Your addition of cinnamon sticks and a bay leaf is a very clever 'addition' and I like it a lot. The 'cinnamon' stick is a bit more subtle than grated cinnamon and the bay leaf is gently aromatic. The basmati rice is such a flavorful rice to start with, that too much of anything would be overkill. This combo of sweet, pungent combined with the somewhat flowery basmati rice....just is a delightful merging. Lovely recipe and quite enticing to the palate!!!



Simple Spiced Rice Haiku: "Subtle flavor kiss. Nice, delicate basmati. Humble, simple spice." Basmati is of such a light, ethereal taste that it doesn't need to compete with heavy seasonings. But this simple method of preparing it yielded an airy, buttery, lightly-spiced rice that would compliment just about any entree. We loved it!



very simple, very delicious!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 196 cal
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs
  • 38 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 606 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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