Indian Spiced Basmati Rice Pilaf

Indian Spiced Basmati Rice Pilaf

I am always in search of the perfect side dish, especially when planning a dinner party. Because I entertain a lot, hosting large and small Shabbat dinners monthly, sometimes bi-monthly, I try to come up with tasty and nourishing side dishes that will satisfy all dietary preferences. Rice is always a good choice since it is gluten free. This dish is vegan and gluten free, making it even more of a welcome side. Since last month I featured a Spanish rice, I thought we would travel clear across the globe to India for this delectable rice pilaf, which uses nutty Basmati Rice and is flavored with curry, turmeric and cinnamon. It derives its flavor from the curry, which is a combination of many spices including coriander, turmeric, cumin and red pepper. Turmeric, known for its anti inflammatory properties, provides the bright yellow color. Adding the dried cranberries and slivered almonds elevates this rice from everyday to festive!


2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup Basmati rice rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup dried cranberries
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup slivered almonds
sliced scallions for garnish


Boil the broth and add the rice. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until cooked, usually 20 minutes. remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Heat the oil in a wok or iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; sauté for 5-7 minutes until translucent and fragrant.

Stir in the cooked rice, curry, turmeric, cinnamon and dried cranberries. Season to taste with the kosher salt and pepper.

Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the almonds and scallions.

Indian Spiced Basmati Rice Pilaf

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