Rice is one of those side dishes that can take a lot of different flavors, but it’s also just as good on its own. It’s also considered to be gluten-free since basmati rice doesn’t contain any wheat. Rice comes in many sizes as well-short-grain rice, medium-grain rice, and long-grain rice. And surprisingly, some of these rice varieties come in many tasty flavors, too.
A popular and delicious type is basmati rice. Basmati rice is originally from India, however, you can find all around to use in your cooking. Like jasmine rice, basmati has a distinct, fragrant aroma, which is pretty fitting because basmati comes from the Hindi word for ‘fragrant’.
Check out some of our favorite recipes where basmati rice is the star of the show.
1. The Perfect Basmati Rice
It can be tricky to cook rice, but if you have to right water to rice ratio, there’s no need to worry. To prepare perfect basmati rice you first want to rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear and then let it soak in a bowl for a few minutes. This helps get rid of starch which makes the grains stick together.
A little salt flavors this up nicely and that’s all you need for this simple dish.
2. Fried Basmati Brown Rice with Chicken and Vegetables
One of my favorite meals to make during the week is Asian stir fry and fried rice. Basmati rice, rather than sushi rice, is way more flavorful and perfect to use.
I like to cook the rice the night before to cut down on the amount of time it takes to cook dinner.
3. Herbed Basmati Rice
This basmati rice side dish is great alongside any entree because it’s filled with aromatic herbs like: fresh basil, fresh thyme, and green onions.
It’s also a simple one pot dish, so clean up is a breeze! Just make sure the pot you use has a tight fitting lid to go with it so the water absorbs during cooking.
4. Saffron Basmati Rice
This dish is sure to be fragrant from the basmati rice and saffron. The saffron is dissolved in boiling water and gives the rice a nice orange color.
It’s important to wash the basmati rice until it’s clean before cooking this dish, too.
5. Turmeric Coconut Basmati Rice
Known for its many health benefits and gorgeous orange color, ground turmeric along with some coconut milk, grated ginger, and fresh basil make this creamy basmati rice recipe interesting and full of flavor.
6. Greek Rice
Full of fresh flavor, this Greek basmati rice is exactly what you need with your favorite fish dinner!
7. Creamy Basmati Rice Pudding
While I do love the thick texture of Arborio rice for my rice pudding recipe, basmati rice is great for a more delicate texture. And the texture works for this Indian inspired recipe because it’s flavored with some ingredients like cardamom and rose water.
8. Indian Style Basmati Rice
With delicious flavors coming from the cinnamon sticks, cardamom, cloves, and cumin, this aromatic basmati rice recipe is sure to be a hit on the dinner table.
9. Basmati Rice with Kidney Beans and Thyme
Rice and beans, what could be better? It’s also fitting for folks who follow a gluten-free and vegan diet.
10. Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet
A one skillet meal filled with everything you need: spicy flavor, long-grain rice, veggies, and shrimp. Even better- it’ll be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.
Helpful tip: cook rice in chicken or vegetable stock for more flavor.