Basmati Rice with Herbs Recipe

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This is an excellent, flavorful side dish that goes really well with fish, shrimp, or chicken. It's like a mild version of a Briyani...easy to make and full of healthy ingredients. I thought the Parmesan cheese was weird addition, but the flavor blends nicely and it isn't over powering. Enjoy!

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Servings: 4 servings


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  1. Heat oil in medium skillet on high heat. Add rice and garlic to the pan and saute for 2 minutes to toast rice. Add water, broth, and salt to the pan and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in green onions, pine nuts, Parmesan, basil, thyme, pepper and Cilantro. Fluff and serve!


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 177g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 229  
Calories from Fat 51 22%
Total Fat 6.01g 8%
Saturated Fat 0.57g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbs 38.9g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
Sugars 0.53g 0%
Protein 4.71g 8%
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  • John Spottiswood
    This is a fantastic side dish...full of flavor and vibrant colors!
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    • Manoken Mako
      I love this indian rice very much!!
      It is easy to make.
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      • Anne Kruse
        My husband loved this, although...after he ate it he questioned the nuts....he is allergic to conifers and pine trees are a type of we'll see if he breaks out! I had no clue he was allergic to pines! I think everyday he comes home allergic to something else...My daughter loves rice, but wouldn't touch this because she doesn't like "stuff" in her rice. I thought it was just okay. I'll probably make it again, but with out the pine nuts.
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        • mangoes2020
          In order to succeed this recipe you have to use Diamond Pearl Basmati Rice. This is a Pure Indian Basmati rice. If you want more informations go on the website or send a mail at [email protected]
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          • dawn

            Great change of pace!
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            • Melinda
              Served this last night to friends with chicken divan and got rave reviews - loved it.
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              • ShaleeDP
                July 8, 2016
                I liked this rice, i tried something like this but without the nuts. Very good to eat!
                • Jason Freund
                  October 17, 2009
                  I made this a couple times and it was a big hit. I used a veg broth which colored the rice a little too yellow. I recommend lighter on the broth, heavier on the water. The directions and proportions seem to be perfect, but watch the rice cook carefully so it doesn't stick to the pan.

                  [8/2/10, second edit] Made this a couple more times and suggest the following modification: use 1.5c water + 0.5c stock (instead of even split). It also works great with Jasmine rice, and I kicked it up a notch on the garlic. Watch out for pine nut prices -- my grocery store sells them for $25/lb -- yikes!

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