Basmati Rice Oh So Nice Recipe

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  • 1 cup basmati rice (we use the from the himalayan area - you can get a huge bag from bj's for $12- much more affordable than the smaller bag amounts you typically find at the grocery store.)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp better than bullion chicken (optional but really makes it extra great)
  • 1-2 tbsp freshly minced cilantro (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon (optional when wishing a rice pilaf taste)
  • 1/8 cup white wine (optional - but minus 1/8 cup water of total 2 cups of water)
  • 2-3 paper towels - you will see why in a moment...
  • wood spoon or wood spatula (spatula best)
  • fork for fluffing the rice when its time
  • equipment needed
  • 1-1/2 quart pot with tight lid.
  • hungry people craving rice but bad


  1. Measure out all your ingredients and have ready.
  2. Slice onion if you haven't done that already and heat up pot on stove.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and let heat up in pot.
  4. Add onion and let cook on medium till translucent, stirring often.
  5. I prefer my onions to brown and caramel a little, but try not to burn your onions.
  6. Once onions are cooked through, add garlic and cook for ONE minute - you do not wish to burn garlic.
  7. Add rice (yes without any water), using wood spatula, stir rice until each rice has a little of the remaining olive oil on it.
  8. (This is the little secret of his mom, in creating rice that does not stick)
  9. Continue stirring rice for 2 minutes, put heat on low if you have to.
  10. Add wine first if using that, stir then add the water, stirring again.
  11. Add salt and pepper and any other optional ingredients except for the scallions - it's their turn at the end)
  12. Put on lid and turn heat up.
  13. Pay attention till when rice starts to boil, turn down heat at once and put on low.
  14. Let cook and simmer on low for 10 minutes or until water has been absorbed.
  15. To check for water absorption - take a spoon or knife and gently pull a little of the rice aside looking for any water - is water all gone?
  16. Great! Once water has evaporated, turn off the heat and grab those paper towels.
  17. Fold up paper towels, and place just under lid and let rice sit for 5 minutes.
  18. Put lid back on pot sitting on top of paper towels.
  19. The paper towels will soak up any of the extra steam that the rice will give Remember that the heat is off under the rice at this point.
  20. During this time, it's great to plate your main dishes, call your peeps to the dinner table, etc. while the rice is resting .
  21. When ready, taking a fork, fluff up your rice, using a fork is essential. Serve with sprinkled diced scallions on top - and voila.
  22. Basmati Rice Oh So Nice - time to eat!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 980.78 Kcal (4106 kJ)
Calories from fat 435.62 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48.4g 74%
Cholesterol 74.53mg 25%
Sodium 1300.01mg 54%
Potassium 499.98mg 11%
Total Carbs 106.03g 35%
Sugars 1.57g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5.01g 20%
Protein 27.18g 54%
Vitamin C 3.8mg 6%
Iron 27.3mg 152%
Calcium 76.1mg 8%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 168.05 Kcal (704 kJ)
Calories from fat 74.64 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.29g 74%
Cholesterol 12.77mg 25%
Sodium 222.75mg 54%
Potassium 85.67mg 11%
Total Carbs 18.17g 35%
Sugars 0.27g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.86g 20%
Protein 4.66g 54%
Vitamin C 0.7mg 6%
Iron 4.7mg 152%
Calcium 13mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 22.8
  • 26

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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