A Healing Dessert

Nutty Sweet Rice

Every ingredient of this delicate dessert has a healthy contribution to make. Enjoy it after a light dinner on a chilly night.

Cook one cup basmati rice in two cups of water. In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt 2 Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter). Toss 1 cinnamon stick, 2 pods of coarsely crushed green cardamom, 1 Tbsp. raw sugar and 2 Tbsp. each of raisins and unsalted pistachios, almonds, and cashews (any or all of these) into the ghee.

Stir-fry for about a minute, or until the nuts are lightly browned and the spices give off an inviting fragrance. Pour this garnish into the rice, fluffing with a fork to mix the ingredients  thoroughly. Serve warm.

Variations:  Omit any of the nuts and add your own favorites—walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts.

Prep: Soaking the rice in water for 15-20 minutes before cooking helps the grains absorb water and allows them to cook thoroughly. Soak the raisins in clean water overnight to plump them up and make them easier to digest. Shell and blanch almonds (if using), and soak them in water overnight. This is not necessary with pistachios, cashews and walnuts.

Health Benefits: According to Ayurveda, cardamom and cinnamon are warming spices that balance the ‘cooling’ nature of rice, making this a perfect winter dessert. Nuts supply vitamins, minerals, fiber and have a warming, nourishing effect. Raisins nourish the brain and appease the Vata dosha, which tends to flare up during the cold months. Easy-to-digest basmati rice boasts a natural sweetness. Ghee helps carry the lipid soluble portions of the spices and nuts to the lipid-based cell walls of the body.

What’s not to love?!



It is coming into Winter for us in this part of the world, so it will be the perfect time for tyring this dish.. It sound lovely. Thanks!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Dale O.

Delightful, looks very delicious. Love adding macadamia, almond and walnuts to many recipes!

g             d c.
g d c.3 years ago


ANA MARIJA R.3 years ago

;) Thank you for sharing.

May Leong
May Leong4 years ago

yummy and nutritious !

Nikhil V.
Nikhil V.4 years ago


Joe Shults
Joe Shults5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec5 years ago

wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener5 years ago

Love cardamom, thanks!