Aromatic Onion Rice

Onion Rice Pilaf with aromatic ingredients and our 10-minute Success® Basmati Rice. Spices make this onion pilaf exponentially flavorsome.

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Servings SERVES 4


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • lettuce leaves (optional)


  • Make this Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf in less than 30 minutes and enjoy a trifecta of sweet-smelling, yet astonishingly savory, spices including, cinnamon, clove, cumin, and cardamom. Thinly sliced, sautéed onions add a sweet bite to this delectable side dish.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cinnamon, cardamom (if desired, substitute curry powder), cloves, and cumin. Cook and stir for about a minute, then add onions. Sauté until onions are golden, about 10 minutes. Add salt and rice. Cook and stir until heated through. Serve on lettuce leaves, if desired.

The Ultimate Side Dish

Simple, sweet and straight to the point. Our Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf is not only on the fragrant side, but it’s also the kind of rice that complements well, guaranteed to bring out the best of your main dish.

With a medley of Indian-inspired spices including, cinnamon, clove, cumin, and cardamom spices, this basmati rice pilaf balances sweet sautéed onions with warm anise, pine-like notes, and black pepper flavors.

Besides it’s strong aromatics, this side dish is also hassle-free and easy to make. With the help of our 10-minute Success® Basmati Rice, you’ll go from plain Boil-in-Bag to a bounty of flavorsome rice in less than 30 minutes.

Additionally, this side dish is great with anything from a full roasted chicken to hunk of mouth-watering grilled steak. Try it tonight and we promise, you’ll never go back to plain basmati!

Spice Substitutions

Need a substitute for cardamon? Combine equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg to replace the ½ tsp ground cardamom.

Not a clove in house? Swap the clove for allspice or equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg.

If you need to replace your cumin, ground caraway seeds can me used instead of cumin. Both from the parsley family, it makes the perfect substitution.

Make it Marinade

If you’re going beef, we recommend you give it a nice citrus and peppery marinade. For chicken, a bit of cinnamon and cumin rub goes a long way!