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5 from 4 votes

Dill Rice

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups long-grain rice like basmati. Soak the rice for about 30 minutes , then put in a colander to strain. Set aside.
  • 2 ⅔ cups of water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small dry red chillies
  • 1 1- inch stick of cinnamon
  • 4 pods of green cardamom
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 large or two small bay leaves
  • 1 packed cup of chopped dill
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Add the red chillies, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves
  • When the spices start to turn color, add the rice and saute for a minute or until the rice turns opaque.
  • Add the water and then the dill and salt to taste. Stir to mix and bring it to a boil.
  • Put on the lid, turn the heat down to low, and let the rice cook 20 minutes. Leave it standing undisturbed for another 10 minutes before serving.
  • Fluff the rice gently with a fork to separate the grains before serving.