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Curried Brown Rice

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 15 ingredients

This curried brown rice is great as a way to use up leftover boiled brown rice, or it can be cooked from scratch as below. Ajicito peppers look like hot habanero peppers, but they are...


  • 1 cup brown basmati rice, washed
  • 2 ½ cups water, or stock, divided
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger root, peeled and finely diced, plus 1 slice for the rice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium Italian frying pepper, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ pound frozen, orfresh French beans, cubed
  • ½ cup frozen baby lima beans
  • 2 cups arugula, or spinach, shredded (see Chef Tips)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Sea salt, to taste
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Nutrition Facts


277 cals


7 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g


49 g


3 g


4 g


6 g


605 mg


  1. In a heavy, lidded pot, bring the basmati rice and 2 cups water to a boil over a high flame. Add the slice of ginger, salt to taste and cover. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 35-40 minutes. Without lifting the lid, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While the rice is steaming, heat the oil in a wok or wide sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds. When they start to darken and become aromatic, add the minced ginger and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic starts to color. Add the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder and cayenne pepper to the vegetables in the pan. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, until the spices are mixed with the oil and a paste forms. Do not let the spices burn! Add ¼ cup of water, mix, then add the French beans and lima beans. Cook until the lima beans have thawed and are bright green. Add another ¼ cup of water if it looks dry. At this point, the rice should be ready.
  4. Add the cooked rice to the pan a spoonful at a time, mixing it into the vegetables as you go until well coated. Cook, stirring, for a minute, then add the shredded arugula. Cook, stirring, until it is wilted. Adjust for salt. Sprinkle with a little chopped cilantro and stir to mix. Serve immediately.

Chef Tips

If you don’t have arugula on hand, then add 2 cups shredded spinach, or 1 cup frozen, but be sure to include the cilantro.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society