Basmati Rice with Onion and Garlic

I often buy Basmati Rice Medley at Trader Joe’s ($1.89 for 16 oz.).  In addition to aged Indian basmati rice, it contains wild rice and some dehydrated vegetables. I think it makes a lovely base when I make a stir-fry. My oldest son doesn’t mind eating it with a stir-fry, but thinks it is too bland to be used as a side dish. And in all honesty, the dehydrated vegetables in the mix do add more color than flavor. So if I want to use this rice as a side dish I add onions and garlic to make it a bit more flavorful.

Basmati Rice with Onion and Garlic
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  1. In a large pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add rice and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover with lid, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, keep covered, and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve immediately.
You can use this recipe with any aged Indian basmati rice.

More Recipes Using Rice:

Lasagna Rice Casserole

Asian Vegetable and Rice Casserole

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

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