Basmati rice is a long and thin type of rice that is mostly grown in India and Pakistan. The grain is often used in pilafs and in curries, but can technically be used in any of the dishes that you would use another type of rice in. If you’re looking for the best recipes to use this aromatic rice, take a look at these 12 vegan basmati rice recipes! They are so delicious and will definitely impress everyone at the table.
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1. Spiced Basmati Rice with Cauliflower and Pomegranate
For a fragrant, Indian-inspired rice side dish, this aromatic basmati and pairs perfectly with spices like cumin for a deep smokiness and turmeric for color. To make the dish hearty, add sweet, earthy cauliflower. Tossing the cauliflower with a generous amount of black pepper gave it heat and roasting it at a high temperature for a short time caramelizes and crisps the florets. You are going to love America’s Test Kitchen‘s Spiced Basmati Rice with Cauliflower and Pomegranate!
2. Rice Kheer (with Jaggery)
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This Rice Kheer (with Jaggery) by Namrata Edward Kshitij is so amazing! What could be a better way to finish off a simple home-cooked Indian meal than with a bowl of sweet, creamy, and fragrant rice kheer?
3. Oil-Free Sweet Potato Basmati Brown Rice Casserole
If your family is new to Indian cooking, this Oil-Free Sweet Potato Basmati Brown Rice Casserole by The China Study Family Cookbook is a great starter recipe. The flavors are mild, and the sweet and savory combination is popular with taste buds of all ages.
4. Chickpea, Spinach and Coconut Curry
5. Tempting Tempeh, Beans, and Rice Burritos
Missing meat? These Tempting Tempeh, Beans, and Rice Burritos by Mireille Aikman are sure to satisfy your craving! Tempeh is crumbled and then cooked in a savory, spiced tomato sauce and then wrapped up with beans, fragrant Basmati rice, and melty vegan cheese. These burritos are perfect for a weekday lunch or dinner.
6. Iranian Jeweled Basmati Rice Pilaf
This Iranian Jeweled Basmati Rice Pilaf by Tori Cooper is full of flavor, with saffron, cinnamon, and turmeric spiced rice, crunchy almonds and pistachios, orange zest, and plenty of dried fruit. One of the best parts about this rice is what happens in the last few minutes. Let the rice on the bottom of the pan get all golden brown and crispy, while watching carefully not to burn it, then flip it onto the top of the pile right before serving. This gives it a crisp texture and toasty flavor. Of course, after that, you have to top it all off with plenty of extra “jewels” to garnish which makes it look all vibrant and inviting when you plate it.
7. Beet and Basmati Rice Burgers
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Vibrant veggie burgers that you are guaranteed to enjoy without missing the meat! Dress these Beet and Basmati Rice Burgers by Maria Llamas as you would any other burger and enjoy the deliciousness. You could go the healthier route and use it as a salad topping as well.
8. High-Protein Beet Biryani With Basmati Rice
In this South Indian style Biryani, fresh coriander, and coconut milk are combined to create a truly unique flavor. The High-Protein Beet Biryani With Basmati Rice by Preeti Tamilarasan contains chunks of textured vegetable protein on a bed of Basmati rice seasoned with red chili powder, turmeric, mint, and ginger-garlic paste. Serve this biryani with a cooling side dip to even out the strong spices.
9. Miso Braised Carrots and Leeks With Cilantro Cardamom Basmati
The miso adds a subtle sweet earthiness to the veggies that are quite delicious. To add a bit of contrast, you can serve the veggies over a bed of basmati flavored with cardamom, lemon, and cilantro. Mmmmmmm. You have to try these Miso Braised Carrots and Leeks With Cilantro Cardamom Basmati by Courtney West!
10. Jackfruit Pilaf With Herbed Basmati Rice
This fragrant Jackfruit Pilaf With Herbed Basmati Rice by Pallavi Gupta is made by cooking jackfruit with a complex, flavorful blend of spices and mixing it with basmati rice in a clay pot. When you cook rice in a clay pot it sucks all the earthy flavors from the pot and releases it into the rice …. also it’s fancy to cook in a clay pot. The preparation is pretty simple – clay pot or not, you just need a few ingredients, and the star of the recipe remains to be the jackfruit. Serve this pilaf as it is with a sprinkle of some chopped fresh mint leaves and toasted almonds or make it as a special rice preparation to accompany other dishes on the dinner table.
11. Gentle Morning Kitchari
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Kitchari is a gently-spiced rice and lentil dish that holds a cherished place in Indian cooking. Also known as khichdi, the dish varies from region to region, but it’s nearly always a combination of basmati rice and dal (dried split peas or lentils, which can be found at Indian grocers or well-stocked health foods stores). White basmati or long-grain rice will yield the best results, but if you don’t have either on hand, quinoa is a good substitute. You will love this Gentle Morning Kitchari by Power Plates!
This Mulligatawny recipe by Aimee Ryan is a marriage between British and Indian ingredients to create a wholesome but spicy soup that is full of flavor. It’s one of the best things for a cold or when you need a pick-me-up.
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