Indian Brown Rice Recipe (Whole Foods-Inspired Recipe)

The other weekend Bobby and I made it out of the house early enough on a Sunday to go to meeting. Usually we stay in on weekend mornings, choosing to clean (me), sleep (him), eat (both of us), or do other fun things to pass the time. That one Sunday that we made it out though, we were quite hungry by the end of our Sunday morning silence. (For more info on meeting/Quakers click here.) We headed to Whole Foods for brunch where I stumbled upon one of my new favorite simple recipes.

Indian Brown Rice Recipe (Whole Foods-Inspired Recipe)

I made sure to go back to the hot food bar and copy down the ingredients. Which I will now share with you.


  • 1 rice cooker cup brown rice (I used brown basmati) (1 rice cooker cup ~ 3/4 of a regular cup. I don’t know why the cup is a different size.)
  • 2 rice cooker cups of water (or amount required by your rice cooker / rice packaging)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons ghee or butter*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (or other green spice – a bayleaf maybe, or oregano, etc…)

*Vegans can substitute oil instead of butter/ghee.


    1. Toss everything in your rice cooker. Mix. Press “start”.

    1. Wait until rice is done. Mix again, and eat.

It’s a very simple recipe with great results. I hope you enjoy it.

Do you like basmati rice? Do you like Indian food?

I generally don’t like Indian food, but I do love basmati rice. My friend recently made mutter paneer that I *did* actually like though, so maybe I am coming around.

Did you watch the superbowl?

I did! I couldn’t follow it at all, but I thought that one of the coaches looked like Foreman (from House) and I thought the Black Eyed Peas were absolutely horrible.

17 Replies to “Indian Brown Rice Recipe (Whole Foods-Inspired Recipe)”

  1. Hi Maggie,

    1. I hate sports, especially football!!

    2. I love Indian food. The owners of the house I rent are trying to sell it right now,and they complained that they can’t sell it with the curry smell.

    3. I just noticed that you’ve gone vegetarian. I must say I am surprised given your comment on this post:

    I know you talked about the recent change briefly, but I am curious to know more about the change in heart, if you want to write about it.

    1. @Sarah: 3) I read a book called Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and that is what made me make the switch. I may write about it more, but I don’t want to sound preachy and that is why I’ve held off so far =/

  2. I’ve never had “real” Indian food, but I eat some type of brown rice bowl just about every day. Even though it’s a bit more expensive, basmati rice is SO worth the extra money (for the smell alone.) I just make a batch in my steamer and keep it in the fridge. That’s my Super Bowl! (Well, I watched the game too, but I like brown basmati rice bowls more.)

  3. Thank you – I just don’t get the Black Eyed Peas…AT ALL!

    Don’t you just love your rice cooker? I’ve never added butter or ghee to the rice before cooking. Need to try that. Lately, I’ve just been leaving rice in the cooker all days, scooping out a serving and eating it with nothing but butter. So good, and brown Basmati is my absolute fav! I swear the whole house smells like sweet popcorn while it’s cooking.

  4. Hi! I just found your blog 🙂 That recipe looks great- I love rice-cooker recipes AND Indian food so I will definitely have to make that!
    Basmati rice is my fave, as I grew up eating it with my Indian family. I agree with the commenter above about the popcorn smell! I try to eat brown rice at home but when I was staying at my mom’s house recently I followed a popcorn smell out of my room and it turned out to be basmati cooking in the rice cooker!

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