This Onion Basmati Rice is one of our favourites. Onions sauteed until soft before the rice is cooked with Cinnamon, Cumin and Cardamon pods added for extra flavour. So delicious, a perfect side dish with any homemade Indian curry! Also great served up as a Vegetarian side dish
What to add to plain basmati rice?
Rice as a side is often overlooked and served plain. But we like to add a little extra to our rice. With 4 simple ingredients added to basmati rice, it turns your side dish from OK to great!
How to make Onion Basmati Rice at home?
Follow our step by step guide below for rice with an extra Oomph!
How to Saute onions until soft?
Saute diced onions in olive oil at low heat until soft and a gentle golden colour. This should take about 10 minutes, be patient, don’t turn heat up! For this recipe, you don’t want fried onions or crispy onions you want them soft so they will melt in your mouth.
If you are impatient you can use this fabulous product!!
Onions in a Tin – Eazy Onions are a great shortcut product.
This is a great product and we always have some handy for a quick head start or shortcut to a recipe which requires soft sauteed onions. Onions pre-chopped & gently sauteed in Virgin Olive Oil. They have taken the hard work out for you. Can be found in most supermarkets, down the same aisle as tinned vegetables. I picked mine up from my local Morrisons.
I estimate there are about 3-4 onions in a can. So, can last me a few days. Once opened I store them in a Tupperware container in the fridge for 3-4 days and use them for other recipes.
Using Eazy Onions you only need to warm 1/3 of the tinned onion up for 2 minutes saving you time! Either option will work well, depends on your personal preference?!
Once the onions are soft and golden add the cinnamon stick, cumin and cardamon pods with your pre-rinsed rice and garlic.
We used another cheat ingredient here, Gia Garlic Puree, which is Garlic already minced in a tube! All the flavour without the fuss! Of course, you can crush your own garlic instead!
Stir the onion, spices and garlic into the basmati rice and add your water with a sprinkle of salt and bring to boil.
Turn down to simmer & leave to cook on low for 8 minutes with lid on. Do not peek it will ruin the end result. After 8 minutes turn heat off and leave lid on still for a further 5 minutes.
Use a fork to fluff the grains up and look out for the cardamon pods and cinnamon sticks to remove them from the rice before serving.
Should I wash basmati rice before cooking?
For best results, give Basmati Rice a little rinse with cold water through a sieve or allow to sit in cold water before draining and cooking to get rid of excess starch before cooking.
How to store leftover onion basmati rice?
We often make a big batch of this rice and store in an airtight container to use as a side to other meals for up to 3 days.
Whilst on the subject of airtight containers! Have you got a cupboard full of odd pots with no matching lids? How annoying it is hunting through!
I bet they are all stained or warped too? Well, I highly recommend you throw them all away and start again.
I have the above Glass containers, they are so versatile great for fridge storage of leftovers and also freezer safe. They are oven, microwave & dishwasher safe. Best of all they look good to serve up buffet-style foods. Furthermore, they are odour and stain proof. Highly recommend.
Use a large lidded Wok to make this dish. So useful for loads of dishes, non-stick so minimal amount of oil required.
What to serve with Onion Basmati Rice
- King Prawn Masala
- Mixed with chopped ham, sweetcorn & fried egg
- Vegan Kung Pao
- Grilled meat
- Chicken Drumsticks
- Chilli con Carne
- Basa Fish Curry
- Seabream with Chilli and Garlic
- Korean Beef
We made this rice for National Curry week which started on the 7th October 2019 along with our homemade Lamb Curry, Garlic Naan, Mint Raita and last but not least our family and friend’s favourite Mango Chutney, and it was a true feast!
Onion Basmati Rice
- 280 g Basmati Rice (optional but I find it best to soak or rinse rise before cooking to get rid of excess starch)
- 130 g Eazy Fried Onions 1/3 tin ~ or 1 large onion sauteed on low heat for about 10 minutes
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp Ground cumin
- 3 Cardamon pods
- 2 tsp Gia Garlic Puree or 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 600 ml Water
- Sprinkle of salt to taste
- Saute diced onions in olive oil at low heat until soft and a golden colour. This should take about 10 minutes, be patient, don't turn heat up! orHeat 1/3 tin Eazy onions in a large lidded non stick pot/wok for 2 mins on a medium heat
- Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and ground cumin and garlic to the onions.
- Add rinsed rice, stirring to coat in onion and spices. Add water, bring to the boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Leave covered for 8 mins, then turn heat off. Leave covered & let it stand for 5 mins. Fluff it up with a fork. Remove cardamon pods and cinnamon stick before serving.
When ordering a curry takeaway we often make our own rice to go with it. Cooked quicker than the time it takes to arrive and costs next to nothing compared to the price of the Curry Takeaway rice!
If you liked this Onion Basmati rice side dish. why not check out our Coconut Pilau Rice for another great rice option.