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Indian Rice Salad

Indian Rice Salad

Are you looking for a delicious light meal that will also keep your belly full for a long while? I think we have the perfect recipe for you! This Indian rice salad is full of flavour and nourishing ingredients to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

For this recipe, I pretty much grabbed a few of my favourite things and mixed them together. I have a salad, I have rice, and I have an incredible mix of Indian spices. You can only imagine what we are after here. 

Initially, I made this recipe for a barbecue I was attending during the summer. But, it has become a regular at home. I love that it is super easy to make, everything cooks in the same pan, end everyone at home loves it. It makes my lunch-making so much easier. 

I often add quinoa to many of my salads to make them much more filling and nourishing. This time, I wasn't feeling the quinoa and I wanted to add an extra kick of taste to the dish. That's why I decided to go with rice instead and cook it in a bunch of spices. 

Indian Rice Salad ingredients

I used Indian cuisine as inspiration to make this rice salad recipe. The spices are commonly used in Indian cuisine and where we are getting the overload of flavour. Also we are racking up on health benefits. 

We often overlook the benefits that spices add to our diet. We shouldn't! They are so beneficial and easy to incorporate them into recipes. For this recipe, I mixed turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, fenugreek seeds, and cardamom pods and cooked the rice in this mix. 

Some spices are more common than others and some are easier to use than others. For example, I used to be afraid of adding turmeric to my recipes but now I use it on absolutely everything, curries, salads, desserts, etc. 

Turmeric is great and it has so many health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory effects, it increases the antioxidant capacity of the body, it is linked to improved brain function, lowers the risk of heart disease, and has the potential to prevent Alzheimer's and cancer.

mango dressing

These are just a few benefits associated with this one single spice! If we go down the list of spices we are using you'll find many more. Here are a few:

  • Cinnamon - loaded with antioxidants
  • Cloves - can kill off bacteria
  • Cumin - a rich source of iron 
  • Fenugreek seeds - increased breast milk production
  • Cardamon pods - boosts digestive health

So, we just like that we bumped the nutrients in this rice salad and added a ton of flavour a long the way! If we get a bit creative with how we use spices we can make sure healthy eating is neither complicated nor bland. 

After cooking the rice you will want to stuff your face with it. It smells so good and it looks so inviting. But let it cool off, add the rest of the salad ingredients and drizzle some dressing on it. You will absolutely love it! 

Indian Rice Salad single

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Tomatoes


For the Indian rice

  • 2 cups brown long grain rice
  • 1 stick cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp cloves whole
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8 dates (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tbsp green cardamon pods (cracked)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 3 cups water

For the salad

  • ½ cup cashew nuts (toasted)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (quartered)
  • ½ cucumber (diced into really small pieces)

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsps fresh mint (washed) (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen mango (unthaw)
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 2 tsps sea salt


  1. Heat up the oil in a frying pan and roast the onion for until golden brown for about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add the spices, except the salt, and fry for 3 more minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the water and mixed vegetables and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the liquids are absorbed, stir occasionally.
  4. Add the ingredients for the dressing to a food processor or use an immersion blender to create smooth mixture.
  5. Let the rice cool down before you add the salad ingredients and the dressing, mix well and adjust taste before serving, enjoy!



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