Curried Rice Salad

The weather was beautiful today (perfect temperature for a salad), and I am on a grain salad kick so I decided to make a curried brown rice basmati salad with raisins and cashews. It is simple to make and so good for you. With the turmeric and curry, it is perfect brain food for those of us studying for finals. Studies show that turmeric can enhance memory and, by the same mechanisms, helps to prevent against dementia. Turmeric is also known to relieve carpel tunnel syndrome, joint inflammation and pain. It is used around the world as a treatment for fever, mild stomach upset, infection, arthritis, jaundice and other liver problems, to kill infectious microbes and to improve heart health.

  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups brown basmati rice, rinsed and well-drained
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-1/2 cups water or broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup currants or raisins, soaked for several minutes in hot water until softened slightly and drained
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 cup soaked and dried cashews or almonds, lightly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the rice. Quickly stir the rice until it is well-coated in the oil. Add the curry powder, turmeric, and bay leaves. Stir to mix the ingredients together completely. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil. When the rice reaches a boil, add the salt and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer until done (about 15 minutes), transfer the rice to a large mixing bowl and set aside in the refrigerator to cool.

When the rice has cooled, mix in the currants or raisins, chopped celery, red bell pepper and nuts. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil with the lime juice and pour over the rice. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.


Jeannie said...

This colourful salad looks so delicious and it's healthy too! I wouldnt mind eating this though I seldom eat rice.

janet said...

Looks delish! I knew turmeric was anticancer, but not about it's other benefits, thanks for sharing the info.

Nancy said...

I love brown rice pilafs with nuts and dried fruit - thanks for the recipe! Do you have a secret to cooking the brown rice in just 15 minutes? (It usually takes me 35 to 40 minutes.)

Tangled Noodle said...

I love rice dishes - this looks wonderful!

Momgateway said...

I love the flavors in your dish!...never had rice salad before but this is so tempting

My Little Space said...

Oh, this curry rice sounds so addictive, Stacy! Who could ever resist this. Have a nice day!
Cheers, Kristy

Fresh Local and Best said...

I've been trying to incorporate more turmeric into my diet. This looks like such a wonderful flavorful combination, love the medley of raisins and nuts.

the twins said...

looks delicious! i love the addition of lime juice.

Simply Life said...

what a delicious and colorful mix!

Robo Stir said...

This curried rice salad looks wonderful! Thanks for the post.

Yoshi Blade said...

Thanks for this curried rice salad recipe. Hope you did well on your finals.

Yoshi Blade said...

Good post. Curried Rice Salad looks like a great dish to enjoy. Thank you for providing the recipe.

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