Parsi Brown Rice.

This rice has brown color and the colour comes from the caramelization of sugar and onions. This is the distinct feature of this rice dish.

This rice has mild sweet taste due to the presence of sugar and onion, Whole garam masala adds the aroma.

Traditionally this rice is served with dhansak,but I love to have it on its own with salad and pickle.


1 cup Basmati Rice.

1 inch Cinnamon.

2 to 3 Cloves.

3 Green Cardamoms.

3 Black Peppercorns.

2 tbsp Cashewnuts broken into pieces.

2 Onion, thinly sliced.

1 Green Chilli slit into half.

1 tsp Sugar.

1 tbsp Ghee.

2 cup boiling Water.

Salt to taste.


Soak the basmati rice in enough water for 30 mins. After 30 mins, drain the rice and keep aside.
Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pot. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper. Fry till they get fragrant.Add green chilli,sliced onions and Cashew nut pieces,stir and fry the onions till they get translucent and are softened.

Now add sugar and stir. Continue frying the onions till they caramelize and get browned.
keep on stirring in between to ensure even browning.

When the onions have got browned,
add the rice and gently stir,add salt and mix well.

Pour 2 cups of boiling hot water,let the mixture come to boil.

Cover tightly and let the rice cook till done and all the water is absorbed.
Don’t stir in between as we don’t want to break the rice grains. Cover and cook the rice for 2-3 minutes more.

Remove in a serving bowl and serve parsi brown rice with veg dhansak or parsi dal.

Happy Cooking!!!


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