Cook's Hideout: Curried Brown Rice Salad

June 28, 2011

Curried Brown Rice Salad

After indulging in some chocolate cupcakes & creamy egg salad, today I have a healthy brown rice salad that is perfect for picnics or make-ahead lunches. Recipe is from here. I followed the recipe to the T and the end result was a super hit at home. Slight sweetness from the dressing is complimented very well by the raisins and the addition of toasted almonds gives the required crunch to the salad. A must try for all salad lovers and also for those you are not into green salads (just like me).

I soak brown rice before I leave for work and cook it after I come back in the evening; I found that the rice has a better texture this way.

Brown Rice Salad1

Brown Rice – 1 cup (I used brown basmati)
Red onion – ½ cup, finely chopped
Red pepper – ½ cup, finely diced
Chickpeas – 1 cup (½ of a 15 oz. can), rinsed and drained
Cilantro – ¼ cup, finely chopped
Raisins – ¼ cup
Sliced Almonds – 2tbsp, toasted

For the dressing:
Lime juice – 3tbsp (from one medium sized lime)
Agave nectar – 2tbsp (original recipe used honey)
Extra virgin olive oil – 2tbsp
Curry powder – 2tsp (I used MTR brand curry powder)
Salt & Pepper – to taste

Brown Rice Salad

  • Cook brown rice and set aside in a wide bowl to cool. (I use 1:2 rice:water ratio-bring the mixture to a boil and simmer covered for 25-30minutes until all the water is absorbed and rice is completely cooked).
  • Add all the other ingredients for the salad except for the toasted almonds to the rice and mix gently to combine. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients listed under dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the rice and mix gently, taking care not to mush the grains. Garnish with toasted almonds and serve either at room temperature or chilled.
Brown Rice Salad2

Let’s check what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up for Day 6 of BM#6 (Can’t believe we are almost at the end of the marathon—time just flies!!).



  1. Colorful and wholesome brown rice salad!

  2. Thats a wholesome dish. I love the combination of the ingredients you have used there. It makes the dish look so colorful besides making it yummy.

  3. Pretty healthy salad.Nice committed work..Professional clicks to go with that!

  4. Healthy salad Pavani. I have never used brown rice so far. Looks colorful too.

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  5. Delicious and healthy salad Pavani.

  6. I have brown basmati in my i know wat to do..beautiful..colorful salad.

  7. Thats so colourful,filling and truly satisfying salad..wonderful bowl.

  8. Fabulous recipe! Ive been looking for more non-lettucey salad recipes lately and this looks perfect, thank you :)

  9. Love the bold flavors in the salad. It is lunch time here and I only wish I can have that bowl and free myself from cooking :)
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  10. This is a great make-ahead dish. I bet it would work well on a picnic too!

  11. The preparation is like a pilaf. I love the fact you soak it for so long. Brown rice is notorious for not cooking properly

  12. That looks so good! I love salads like this :)

  13. Pavani, the pictures have come out so well! just scrolled down all your pictures and I see that you have done something different maybe with lighting or whatever but the effect is awesome! great job..

  14. Spectacular brown rice salad.

  15. What do you think about exchanging the chick peas with lentils if that's what's available to you???


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