Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf

Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf blends our Success® Basmati Rice with plenty of spices for an exceptionally bold, fragrant, delicious side dish.

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Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf

Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lettuce leaves (optional)


The Ultimate Side Dish

Simple, sweet and straight to the point, our Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf is an aromatic, delicious side sure to bring out the best in any main dish.

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

Besides its 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 ingredients to a bounty of flavorsome rice in just 20 minutes.

This dish isn’t just easy to put together, it’s also a great side dish with anything from roast chicken to mouth-watering, grilled steaks. Try it tonight and we promise, you may never go back to plain rice again!

Spice Substitutions

If you don’t have the exact spices called for in the recipe, don’t worry! If you need a substitute for cardamon, try a combination of equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg to replace the 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom in the recipe.

If you don’t have any cloves in the house, swap the clove for allspice or equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg.

If you need to replace the cumin, ground caraway seeds can be used instead. Both from the parsley family, caraway makes the perfect substitution for cumin.

Marinate Your Main

If you’re making this dish to accompany beef, we recommend you give it a nice citrus and pepper marinade to enhance the flavors of the rice. For chicken, a bit of cinnamon and cumin rub goes a long way!

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re craving a more plant-based recipe, learn how to make this vegan meatloaf.

  • Make this Aromatic Onion Rice Pilaf in just 20 minutes and enjoy a blend of sweet, savory, warm spices including cinnamon, clove, cumin, and cardamom. Thinly sliced, sautéed onions add a sweet bite to this delectable side.

    Step 1

    Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cardamom (if using), cinnamon, cumin, and cloves. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute, until fragrant and heated through. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes.

    Step 3

    Add salt and rice to saucepan. Cook until heated through, stirring to combine. Serve on lettuce leaves, if using.