How to Cook Basmati Brown Rice

Minoo served the Turkey Black Bean Chili with Brown Basmati Rice. Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice as some of the nutrients have been removed from the rice in the process of removing the bran rice. These nutrients include vitamin B1, B3, iron, magnesium, fiber and fatty acid.

Brown rice is unmilled or partly milled rice. It is considered as a kind of whole grain, i.e. it’s a natural grain that remains unbleached. Brown rice is more chewier than white rice. Brown rice also becomes rancid more quickly than white rice.


The Brown Basmati Rice has a mild nutty flavour to it. You may garnish it with a bit of tamari and sesame seeds and can be served with steamed vegetables for a healthy meal.

This Brown Basmati Rice recipe will add another way of cooking rice which I had listed here.


  • Brown Basmati Rice
  • Water in the ratio of 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice

You may substitute some of the water with broth to make a more tastier rice. You may add other ingredients like peas, lemon zest, dried chilies, raisins, herbs ginger, minced sun-dried tomatoes into the rice for extra flavours.



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Turkey Black Bean Chili

Minoo made a Turkey Black Bean Chili in the South Arm Community Kitchen. I had blogged about 3 other chili recipes here:


Chili is a very versatile dish. You can serve it on it’s own or serve it with bread, noodles or rice. It’s an almost complete meal by itself as it has protein from the meat and beans, and fiber and vitamins from all the vegetables in it.

You can double the recipe to freeze the leftovers in single portion containers or ziplock bags for days that you dont feel like cooking. Defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on low heat on the stove.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (28oz/796ml) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (19oz/540ml) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small zucchini, cubed
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh coriander or parsley
  • sour cream and sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)


This recipe is adapted from Canadian Living.


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