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Dill Rice

This is a recipe for Middle Eastern dill rice, which is perfect for serving with spicy dishes and has a lovely bright, fresh flavor.

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The rice used is basmati, a white rice with a very long grain. Gluten-free, basmati has a much lighter, fluffier texture than other types of long grain rice, so it doesn’t tend to stick together as much. It also has a completely different mouth-feel and a unique flavor that is ever so slightly nutty!

The difference is caused by the fact that basmati grains expand to almost double their dry length whilst cooking. Regular long grain rice only expands widthways.

Basmati rice has a lovely smell, too. In fact the word ‘basmati’ translates to ‘the fragrant one’.

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Why soak the rice?

Soaking the grains of rice is a simple extra step but one that causes the grains to separate. This results in an even fluffier texture!


There are lots of ways in which you can make this dish uniquely your own, or turn it into something a little more substantial!

  • Try a different rice. Basmati works best in this dish, but jasmine is another good option. Alternatively, use healthy brown rice instead.
  • Swap the water or chicken broth for any other liquid you like – maybe coconut water or even beef broth.
  • Add beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans or pinto beans to make the dish more substantial and boost protein levels.
  • Swap the dill for something else! Basil is good and so is mint.
  • Add sauteed vegetables. You can keep it as simple as chopped onions or garlic, or throw in extras such as mushrooms, carrots or zucchini.
  • Add some healthy fat. Stir in some grass-fed butter just before serving, or a teaspoon or two of coconut oil.

More rice dishes to try

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Indian Fried Rice

Parboiled Brown Rice

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Dill Rice

Cyd Converse
Dill rice is easy to make and is the perfect accompaniment for spicy dishes.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
soaking 2 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 1 serving
Calories 101.42 kcal


  • 2 Basmati Rice uncooked and soaked for 2 hours
  • 2 Water or chicken broth
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 0.5 Salt


  • Rinse the rice and soak it in cold water for 2 hours.
  • Bring the water or chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan and stir in the chicken bouillon.
  • Drain the rice and add it to the saucepan, along with the lemon juice,dill and salt.
  • Stir well, then cover.
  • Turn to a low heat and cook for 20 minutes, until the rice is done.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve.


Calories: 101.42kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 0.33gSodium: 128.5mgFiber: 0.67g
Keyword Dill, Rice, Side Dishes
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