Brown Rice

Brown Rice

This is a recipe inspired by Afghani cuisine. This recipe is not for ‘un-milled’ brown rice, rather regular white rice is ‘browned’ with carmelized onions and sugar. Even though the rice contains sugar it is not sweet at all.

Recipe: Brown Rice

Categories: Rice Dishes; Side Dish

Accompaniments: Saucy Steak and Pepper Fry

Servings: 4


  • 2 cups basmati rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp salt (or as needed)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 3-4 cups of hot water (or as needed)


  • This is a two-step process. The sugar is carmelized in one pot and then poured into another pot where the onion is carmelized.
  • Prepare two pots, one really small one and one large one. Since everything needs to be done really quickly, keep all the ingredients ready.
  • Wash the rice and keep ready.
  • Put both the pans on the burners. Choose the smallest burner for the small pot.
  • You have to time cooking the onions and melting the sugar in a way that the onions are already brown when the carmelized sugar is added.
  • In the large pot, heat 3 Tbsp of oil and add the cinnamon stick and cardamom pod. Stir and add the onion and let it fry on high heat.

Frying the onions

  • In the small pot, add the sugar. Add 3-4 drops of water.


  • On medium-high heat melt the sugar (while keeping an eye on the onions in the other pot!)

Sugar melting

  • Turn off the heat as soon as all the sugar melts completely. The heat in the pot will brown the sugar further.
  • When the sugar is brown add it to the already browned onions.

Carmelized sugar

  • Quickly add the washed rice to the sugar-onion mixture in the large pot and stir-fry the rice for a minute.
  • Add 3 cups of hot water and the salt.
  • Stir to ensure all the sugar is evenly distributed. Let the water and rice come to a rapid boil.

Rice cooking

  • Reduce the heat and cover the pot.
  • Check on the rice in a couple of minutes. You may need to add some water.
  • Cook till the rice is done.
  • Take the pot off the heat and let the rice rest for a bit to absorb and water.
  • Fluff rice with a fork.

Freshly done rice

Approximate nutritional content per serving:



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