Brown Rice – Parsi Style

A simple dish of long-grained rice cooked with whole spices and onions is a treat, when you prepare it the way the Parsis do!

What makes this dish different from usual pulaos is that the rice is sautéed with the spices and onions till it turns a light brown in colour, and only then it is cooked with water.

This gives the Parsi Style Brown Rice a rich flavour and aroma, not to forget the appetizing colour too. Enjoy this steaming hot with a bowl of Dhan Saak Dal.

Brown Rice – Parsi Style

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Brown Rice – Parsi Style recipe - How to make Brown Rice – Parsi Style

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  1. Soak the rice in enough water in a deep bowl for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Combine the sugar and 2 tbsp of water in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 3 minutes or till the sugar caramelizes, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, mix well and keep aside.
  4. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add the cinnamon, cloves and onions and sauté on a medium flame 5 to 6 minutes or till the onions turn brown in colour.
  5. Add the rice and sauté on slow flame for 6 to 7 minutes or till the rice turns light brown colour.
  6. Add the sugar-water mixture and salt and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook on slow flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve hot with dhan saak dal.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy262 cal
Protein3.1 g
Carbohydrates47.2 g
Fiber1.9 g
Fat6.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A58.5 mcg
Vitamin B10 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30.9 mg
Vitamin C1.7 mg
Folic Acid4.3 mcg
Calcium11.3 mg
Iron0.4 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium0.6 mg
Potassium19.1 mg
Zinc0.6 mg


Brown Rice – Parsi Style
 on 25 Aug 20 09:07 AM

Brown Rice – Parsi Style
 on 31 Jul 20 01:56 PM

Very small and easy to follow recipe. Followed each step perfectly and was delighted with the result. Received many compliments. Thank you. Great fan of Tarla Dalal.
Tarla Dalal
31 Jul 20 02:13 PM
   Nishrin, thanks for your kind words.
Brown Rice – Parsi Style
 on 21 Aug 17 09:07 PM

Being a parsi lady, I make brown rice with Dhansak regularly. This process and recipe is quite authentic. Flavorful.
Brown Rice – Parsi Style
 on 26 Oct 15 04:59 PM

I was searching for a perfect brown rice recipe in parsi style.. and i found it in this website.. i was so happy with the result.. the rice was separated from each other.. perfectly cooked.. and the sweetness was just perfect.. Goes really well with dhansak dal..