This is a great time of year to add a new healthy side dish to your dinner menu. Especially one pot meals! Every year we try out new ingredients for our recipes. That brings us to Basmati Vegetable Rice topped with Raw Pumpkin Seeds. Brown basmati rice is a great find with its low to medium glycemic index and increased fiber content. Raw pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants and are delicious to enjoy! We enjoy eating them like we would cashews or other nuts. To finish our salad, we add red and yellow bell peppers for an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium! When ready to serve dinner add a lean protein for a delicious, healthy dinner that is low in calories and fat.
Making Basmati Vegetable Rice
This is an easy rice dish to make with the leftovers warming nicely the next day in the microwave or stovetop. Plus this is an easy rice to make. Our first step is to prepare the rice. Begin with rinsing and draining the rice until the water runs clear. This helps remove any starches that makes the rice sticky. I read about another option to soak the rice allowing some of the water to absorb into the rice. In turn this reduces the cooking time. I have not tried soaking the rice – let me know if you try this method.
Back to making our Basmati Vegetable Rice! In a medium size saucepan add rice, vegetable broth, lemon juice, and a shake of salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, stir the rice and then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and simmer for about 50-minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, add the peppers, pumpkin seeds and let sit covered for about 10-minutes to finish cooking. Plate the rice and top with garnish ingredients. I like to add more raw pumpkin seeds as they are delicious! Look at the fresh, beautiful colors of the Basmati Vegetable Rice. And be creative with adding your favorite vegetables to this dish!
Basmati Vegetable Rice storing the Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Raw pumpkins seeds require proper storage. After purchasing your raw pumpkin seeds, store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Be sure to purchase your raw pumpkin seeds from a store that turns over their inventory to avoid purchasing older seeds. This wonderful recipe is adapted from Healthiest Meals on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals to Eat and Why.
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Basmati Vegetable RicePin Recipe
- Strainer for the rice
- Medium size saucepan
- Cutting board and knife
- 1 cup Brown Basmati Rice well rinsed
- 2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- ½ cup Red Bell Pepper cut into squares
- ½ cup Orange Bell Pepper cut into squares
- ¼ cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- Cilantro chopped
- Green Onion Stalks diced
- Fresh Lemon Slices optional
- Rinse and drain the rice until the water is clear.
- In a medium size saucepan add rice, vegetable broth, lemon juice, and a shake of salt.
- Cover and bring to a boil, stir and reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 50-minutes until rice is tender.
- Remove from heat, add the peppers, pumpkin seeds and let sit covered for about 10-minutes to finish cooking.
- Plate the rice and top with garnish ingredients.