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 Comments on Indian Brown Rice Recipe (Whole Foods-Inspired Recipe)

  1. carin
    7 February, 2011 at 12:40 am (6 years ago)

    this looks so good! i’ll have to try it out.

  2. Sarah
    7 February, 2011 at 1:01 am (6 years ago)

    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.

    • Maggie
      7 February, 2011 at 7:33 am (6 years ago)

      @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 =/

  3. Coco
    7 February, 2011 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    I will definitely try this rice. And I also wondered why the rice ciookers cup measure is different.

  4. Abby
    7 February, 2011 at 7:34 am (6 years ago)

    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.)

  5. Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood
    7 February, 2011 at 9:45 am (6 years ago)

    I love Indian pancakes and curry as well as basmati rice but haven’t really gotten around to trying any of their other dishes. Didn’t watch the Super Bowl; was on the road back 😉

  6. melissa @ the delicate place
    7 February, 2011 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

    i love indian food! i spent a month there in 06 and it was fab! my digestion was en pointe lol. are you still eating macro?

    • Maggie
      7 February, 2011 at 11:25 am (6 years ago)

      @melissa: I’ve never been fully macro… I’m just being vegetarian now. No real plan 😉

  7. Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
    7 February, 2011 at 12:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Ohhh I love that idea to put cinnamon in it! I love basmati rice and I agree – horrible halftime show!

  8. Kath (Eating for Living)
    7 February, 2011 at 5:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I love basmati rice, but I’ve never had brown basmati rice. Your post made me really curious to try it!

  9. Heather Eats Almond Butter
    7 February, 2011 at 9:57 pm (6 years ago)

    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.

  10. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine
    8 February, 2011 at 9:31 pm (6 years ago)

    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!

  11. Krista
    11 February, 2011 at 11:12 am (6 years ago)

    I love basmati rice AND Indian food! Football? Not so much…..;)

  12. glidingcalm
    16 February, 2011 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    mmmm that sounds wonderful!! 🙂

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