Spices for rice? Many possibilities

Spices For Rice
Spices For Rice

Spices for rice are Curry, garlic, ginger, red pepper, salt, chives, spring onion, coriander, parsley, basil, turmeric, vegetable stock, saffron, cloves, cardamom, mint, cinnamon, and soy sauce. 

It is wonderful to season rice, although a bite of rice without sauce and herbs can also be very tasty. In this blog, we are going to season rice. There are many herbs that go well with rice because rice itself has a fairly flat taste, but does have taste. Of course, that also depends on the type of rice you want to use. So, which herbs and spices go well with rice?

Undoubtedly there will be herbs or spices that can complete this list when we talk about ‘all the world’.   Rice is made all over the world, each with their own spice combinations. And it’s not just spices that make the rice taste good. There are many other seasonings such as fruits, sugar and vegetables; in oil, dried or natural fresh, which make rice tasty.

It may be that you just don’t have all the herbs available. Especially if you have a recipe with a lot of herbs, you can omit the herb that is not present, often. Taste what you think or add a little more of the herbs you do have. Below I will give a few examples of cooking rice with herbs.


Rice Cooking Herbs

A nice combination of rice with spices is turmeric, cumin and cinnamon. What do you need:

  • basmati rice
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • salt
  • Cumin

How are you going to season this Basmati rice:

Cook the Basmati rice according to tradition or according to packaging. Put oil in the pan and heat it up. Add the cooked rice to the wok or pan and add the spices. Do this one by one and taste what you think of the amount. Turmeric does not have a very pronounced taste, but the rice turns a nice yellow. Cumin and cinnamon are more pronounced so add little by little and taste regularly.

This dish can be eaten with warm chickpeas and a fried onion. 

You can also fry the rice after cooking. It makes it nice and crispy. Our blog about baking rice tells you all about it.

There are many herbs that can go with rice, so let’s add one more:

Spices For Rice

A very easy way to season your rice is to cook the rice in vegetable stock or garden herb stock, for example. This is really delicious. All the spices are drawn into the rice during cooking. This tastes fantastic. You can then add all kinds of fresh vegetables that have been fried or fried mushrooms. How easy can it be: spices for rice? 

Indian Rice Spices

You can make deliciously fragrant Indian rice this way, with the following supplies:

  • White rice (Pandan or Basmati)
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • Pinch salt to taste

How are you going to prepare this:

Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package or so you are used to and also cook the herbs at the same time. Remove the cloves after cooking the rice. This way you can season delicious Indian rice that can be served with any Indian dish (for example Curries).

Afghan Rice Spices

What you need to season Afghan rice (4 people) and add seasonings:

  • Basmati rice, cooked and cooled
  • 1 onion chopped
  • salt
  • Pepper
  • Saffron, a few threads
  • Olive oil
  • Almonds 100 grams, without skin
  • 1 liter vegetable stock

How to Season Spiced Afghan Rice:

Put oil in the pan and fry the onion. Add the saffron and salt and pepper. Stir this around. Add the dry, cold rice and stir well. Add 1 liter of vegetable stock, as well as the herbs turmeric, cardamom and cloves. The almonds, without skin, can also be added. Mix everything well and let it cook over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the rice is cooked. If the stock has evaporated too much, you can just top it up a bit or add a little warm water. Taste before draining the rice.

Rice With Curry Herbs

In Asian cuisine, curry is a commonly used mixture of spices, which is why it is also a dish with curry. What do you need for this:

  • 3 tsp curry
  • 1 cup Oat Cuisine fraiche
  • 400 grams white rice
  • Green beans if desired

How are you going to season this rice: 

When you have cooked white rice, in salt, according to the instructions, drain it in the colander. Heat some oil in the wok or frying pan and add rice. Loosen the rice with a fork and add the curry. Oatly’s Oat Cuisine fraiche, for example, also goes through the rice. Stir everything well. Now you have a creamy yellow rice. Taste what you think of the combination of rice with curry spices and season the rice if you are still missing something. Salt, pepper, or more curry. Just what you like.

You can put small sliced ​​green beans through this. Also a great combination.

If you have leftover rice and want to know how to store it properly, read our blog about storing rice on our site.

Herbs With Rice

A real Dutch dessert with rice, traditionally, is the one with cinnamon, butter and sugar.

What do you need:

  • White boiled rice
  • Vegetable butter (Flora for example)
  • (Basterd) sugar
  • Cinnamon

The leftover rice is often used to make this delicious dish. Easy, simple and for many a gift.

How it’s made:

Place warm white rice in a bowl and add a knob of butter. Stir this well and then add spices to the rice (a teaspoon of cinnamon) and the sugar. Mix it well and enjoy!

Fried Rice With Herbs

An easy and delicious way to make fried rice with delicious herbs and seasonings:

  • 300 grams white rice, cooked
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 seeded pepper finely chopped
  • 4 Spring onion cut small
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 sprigs Coriander, chopped small klein
  • 1 handful basil, chopped small
  • Olive oil

How are you going to make this:

Place a wok on the stove or a frying pan and add oil. Heat it up well and add the mushrooms. Fry for about 2 minutes and then add the finely chopped spring onion and the pepper. Stir this together. Add the cooked rice and soy sauce and stir well. Fry the cooked rice for 7 minutes on a medium heat. Stick with it because it shouldn’t really burn. Add the basil and coriander at the last minute and stir well. Serve this delicious fried rice with herbs and soy sauce.

There are several ways to fry rice. There is a blog about baking rice on our site .

Cooking Rice With Herbs

If you don’t want a recipe at all, but just want to know how to season rice, there are various herbs that lend themselves very well.

Cook rice with, for example, a bay leaf or a cinnamon stick, which you remove later. Delicious with red cabbage or stewed pears, for example.

Cook rice with a sprig of thyme that you remove when the rice is cooked. Delicious with a ragout of mushrooms or carrots, for example. 

Cook rice with a sprig of rosemary (which you will take out later). Delicious with pumpkin or vegetable stews.

But cooked rice and then chives or coriander (cut small) in it is also very good. Looks nice and bright and tastes very good. Can be used with a vegetable stew, for example.

Have fun seasoning rice and enjoy your meal!

Abbas Jahangir

I am a researcher and writer with a background in food and nutritional science. I am the founder of Foodstrend.com, our reputable online platform offering scientifically-backed articles on health, food, nutrition, kitchen tips, recipes, diet, and fitness. With a commitment to providing accurate and reliable information, we strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle choices. Join us on Foodstrend.com's journey toward a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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