Servings: 3

Weight Watcher Smart Points: 16

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 50 Minutes


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4-5 whole black peppercorns
  • 4-5 green cardamoms (hari elaichi or choti elaichi)
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 large onion/pyaaz, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 to 2 tsp regular sugar or 3 tsp organic unrefined cane sugar
  • 3.5 to 4 cups water


  1. soak the basmati rice in enough water for 30 mins
  2. after 30 mins, drain the rice and keep aside.heat oil or ghee in a thick bottomed pot
  3. add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper
  4. fry till they get fragrant.add the sliced onions
  5. stir and fry the onions till they get translucent and are add sugar and stir
  6. continue frying the onions till they caramelize or get browned.the sugar will also caramelize
  7. keep on stirring in between to ensure even browning.when the onions have got browned, quickly remove some onions for garnishing
  8. they will have sweet taste and will be a little sticky due to the caramelization of sugar.add the rice and gently stir
  9. pour 4 cups water
  10. add salt and stir.cover tightly and let the rice cook till done and all the water is absorbed.check once or twice when the rice is cooking.if the water is all absorbed and the rice is not cooked completely, then add a few tbsps of water.don't stir as you don't want to break the rice grains
  11. cover and cook the rice for 2-3 minutes more.serve parsi brown rice garnished with the fried onions with veg dhansak, patio or parsi dal.

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