While I’m a HUGE fan of rice, I’m not overly fond of Basmati or any of the sort of scented rice which are widely available. However I find that when I make rice dishes with pumpkin, carrots or even coconut milk, using Basmati rice really enhances the dish overall. This vegetarian rice dish is very easy to put together and after the initial ‘cooking’ there’s no “work” for you, so you can sit back with your favorite beverage while the rice cooker does all the work.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion (diced)
1 clove garlic (diced)
1 scallion (chopped)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
5 sprigs thyme
1 cup cubed pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 carrot (grated)
3 cups basmati rice
water (according to your rice cooker)
3/4 cup coconut milk
Important: Please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific vegan and gluten free dietary needs.
Heat the olive oil on a medium flame in a wide saucepan, then go in with the onion, garlic, thyme and scallion. Then turn the heat down to low and cook for about 3-4 minutes before adding the cubed pumpkin. Cook on low for another 5 minutes or so.
Add the turmeric as well as the black pepper and mix well, cook for another minute or two. Finally add the grated carrot, mix and turn off the heat. The residual heat will soften the carrot a bit.
Place the rice in your rice cooker (I washed it first, but it’s up to you how you treat rice – basically you place the rice in a bowl, cover with water and massage with your hands/fingers.. drain the cloudy water and repeat until the water runs relatively clear) and top it with water according to your rice cooker instructions.
Add everything from the sauce pan, along with the salt and stir. Finally go in with the coconut milk and give it a quick stir. Turn on your rice cooker and allow it to do it’s thing. As it came up to a boil I gave it a stir and walked away (with it covered). When the rice cooker is finished cooking I usually turn it off completely (I find if I leave it on the ‘warm’ setting it creates a thick crust on the bottom). After 10-15 minutes after shutting it down, I go in with a fork and fluff the rice.
A stunning basmati rice dish, with flavors (and textures) of pumpkin, carrots and coconut milk. Not only will the turmeric help give this a wonderful color, it does help in adding a unique overall flavor. Please keep in mind that this dish will work with any rice you prefer, just match the cooking time accordingly with your rice cooker.