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Indian Brown Rice Salad - an aromatic wonder!

This Indian Brown Rice Salad features coconut oil and turmeric, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice, making it both healthy and aromatic.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Advanced
Servings: 6 as a side
Calories: 254kcal


For the rice...

  • 2 tbsps coconut oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 4-6 brown cardamom pods (bruised)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium zucchini (courgette)
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper

For the salad...

  • cup raisins
  • cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsps sesame seeds (toasted)
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander or parsley (chopped)
  • 4 tbsps lemon or lime juice

For the garnish...

  • Extra parsley/coriander,coconut flakes and sesame seeds to garnish.


  • Soak brown rice for 15 minutes before boiling and bring a large saucepan of water to the boil add some salt and the brown rice. Once the rice has come to a boil, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 15 minutes. Strain the rice in a strainer and let stand for a few minutes (at least 3 mins) to drain completely.
  • In the meantime, wash and trim your vegetables and cut into small dice.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent and tender, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute or so, add all the spices and cook until aromatic.
  • Then stir in the cooked rice, diced zucchini and carrots and let the mix stand covered for approximately 5-10 minutes. Discard the cardamom pods and cinnamon quill.
  • When the mix is ready, fluff the rice, add the lemon or lime juice, then stir in the raisins, coriander/parsley, sesame seeds and coconut flakes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Arrange in a salad bowl and scatter the extra coconut flakes on top to garnish. Serve when you are ready.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1809IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg