Basmati Rice with Garlic and Parsley

4 servings |

Parsley is better than an after dinner mint to take away odors. Chew well, then swallow; use especially after garlic or onions. Parsley is rich in minerals, especially iron, calcium, potassium and sulfur. It is a good blood building food and has been used as a kidney cleanser and for controlling calcium in the body. Parsley juice is good for eliminating poisonous foods from the body.

This Garlic Parsley Rice can be a good blood cleanser. You can also add 1-2 teaspoons of red chiles with the turmeric for added health benefits.


  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 6 whole cloves garlic
  • 1S slices fresh ginger root
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 small dry red chili peppers (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley


  1. Simmer onions, garlic, and ginger slices in water for 1 hour, covered. Strain out solids. 4 cups of broth should remain—add water to make 4 cups if necessary.
  2. Return to a boil.
  3. Add rice and turmeric. Add red chiles (optional).
  4. Lower heat, cover, and simmer until all water is absorbed (about 12 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small fry pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and reduce heat to low.
  6. Saute garlic over a low flame for 2-3 minutes (do not brown).
  7. Add sauteed garlic and chopped parsley to cooked rice and serve.


This recipe is from From Vegetables, with Love: Recipes & Tales from a Yogi’s Kitchen.