Purple rice is a garlicky, butter rice facet that owes its vibrant color to purple cabbage! Love this 2-in-1 that mixes starch plus loads of greens in a single dish, fairly than making a salad plus a starch individually. Goes with every part – Western, Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican!

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Purple rice

You recognize these nights while you really feel all smug since you obtained forward on the weekend and marinated some hen so you possibly can whip up a “fast dinner” throughout the week, solely to understand you didn’t plan for sides to fill out the meal?

Effectively, at present’s recipe is simply the kind of factor that may prevent. It’s a type of facet dishes I name a two-in-one as a result of it consists of loads of greens in addition to a starch to fill out the meal. Versus making two sides, like mashed potato plus a backyard salad.

What it tastes like: Buttery and garlicky, and really gentle cabbage flavour truly which is able to enchantment to individuals who don’t soar up and down on the point out of cabbage for dinner. Bonus: it’s such a enjoyable color!!!

Cooked Purple rice in pot
Pot of freshly cooked purple rice.

Elements in purple rice

Right here’s what it’s essential make this vibrant, veg loaded rice!

Purple rice ingredients
Lacking vegetable inventory, oops! Sorry! 🙂
  • Jasmine rice – I like utilizing jasmine rice on this dish since you get that pretty refined perfume.

    Different rice – the recipe will work with lengthy grain rice, medium grain rice and basmati rice, although you will want an additional 1/4 cup of water or vegetable inventory/broth. It is because jasmine rice requires much less liquid to cook dinner than different sorts of rice (extra on this in my plain jasmine rice recipe!).

    The recipe will not be suited to brown rice, arborio/risotto rice, paella rice, wild rice or fake rice (cauliflower rice, quinoa and so on) because the cook dinner instances and strategies differ so I’d want to change the recipe.

  • Crimson cabbage – Additionally referred to as purple cabbage, that is what offers the rice the colourful purple hue! You need to use plain ole’ inexperienced cabbage if you would like, however the place’s the enjoyable in that?? 😎

  • Garlic and onion – Flavour base aromatics. You’ll adore the butter garlic flavour on this rice!

  • Butter – As above, for promised buttery flavour! You’ll be stunned how buttery it tastes although we’re solely utilizing 30 grams / 2 tablespoons of butter.

  • Vegetable inventory – The rice cooking liquid, tastier than water! Use low sodium inventory. If yours is full salt, skip the salt within the recipe.

  • Salt and pepper – Seasoning for the rice.

  • Inexperienced onion – For contemporary garnish on the finish, although I wouldn’t say it’s vital.

No have to rinse your rice!

There isn’t a have to rinse the jasmine rice to clean off extra starch to make the rice fluffy. This can be a fantasy. You simply want the proper liquid-to-rice-ratio which is 1.25 : 1 (1.25 cups of water/inventory to 1 cup of rice) and the rice can be fluffy even with out washing it. Most recipes get it improper, utilizing manner an excessive amount of water.

The one motive to clean jasmine rice is if you happen to’re fearful in regards to the rice being soiled. For those who purchased yours on the grocery store, you shouldn’t want to wash it. For those who clear your rice, scale back the inventory by 2 tablespoons to account for the waterlogged rice.

The way to make purple rice

One massive, fats rice-making rule that applies to ANY rice you cook dinner: DO NOT STIR, DO NOT PEEK as soon as your put the lid on the pot! Except, after all, you want your rice inconsistently cooked, gluey and mushy. 🤷🏻‍♀️

How to make purple rice
  1. Use a big saucepan or small pot, across the dimension of mine which is 28cm/11″. For those who use a saucepan that’s too small (~20cm/8″) then the rice-cabbage combination can be too deep which is able to trigger the rice to cook dinner inconsistently.

    Sauté the garlic and onion within the butter till it smells wonderful / onion is translucent. Then cook dinner the cabbage for a couple of minutes till it begins to melt (fairly than being stiff and pokey). Don’t let it get fully wilted and smooth as a result of it can cook dinner extra with the rice.

  2. Add rice and stir to coat within the garlic butter.

How to make purple rice
  1. Add inventory then scrape down the perimeters and push the cabbage-rice underneath the floor of the liquid, as finest you possibly can. The principle factor is that you really want all of the rice underneath the liquid. A couple of grains poking above the floor can be high quality, they are going to steam-cook.

  2. Prepare dinner 12 minutes – Deliver the liquid to a simmer, then put the lid on and decrease the warmth to medium low, or low in case your burner could be very sturdy. Go away to cook dinner undisturbed for 12 minutes. Don’t raise the lid to peek and most undoubtedly don’t stir! That can disrupt the rice cooking and also you’ll find yourself with inconsistently cooked rice that’s mushy and gluey.

    Test – On the 12 minute mark, working rapidly, take away the lid and tilt the saucepan to make sure all of the liquid has been absorbed. If it has not, depart it on the range for an additional minute or two.

  3. Relaxation 10 minutes – Take away the saucepan from the range with the lid nonetheless on and relaxation for 10 minutes. By no means skip the rice resting step! The rice will end cooking and the liquid on the floor of every rice grain will get absorbed = fluffy rice.

  4. Fluff then serve, garnished with a sprinkle of inexperienced onion!

Purple rice in a bowl

What to serve with purple rice

This cabbage rice is pretty impartial flavoured, with a stunning buttery, garlic flavour. Which suggests it can go along with just about any dish, and any delicacies, each Western and Asian.

Whereas the chances are infinite, right here’s a place to begin for you – some fast mains that I’d serve alongside purple rice:

And naturally, it goes with out saying that your purple rice will style even higher if you happen to serenade it with Prince’s Purple Rain whereas it’s steaming on the range. 🎶 Go on, do it. You recognize I did!! – Nagi x

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Purple rice


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Recipe video above. Purple rice is a garlicky, butter rice facet that owes its vibrant color to purple cabbage! Love this 2-in-1 that mixes starch plus loads of greens in a single dish, fairly than making a salad plus a starch individually. Goes with every part – Western, Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican!


  • Soften butter in a big saucepan or small pot over medium warmth. (Notice 3)

  • Sauté veg – Prepare dinner onion and garlic for 1 minute till smooth. Add cabbage, salt, and pepper. Prepare dinner for two to three minutes, stirring on occasion, till the cabbage begins to melt however not fully floppy (as it can cook dinner extra with the rice).

  • Coat rice – Add rice and stir nicely to coat within the flavour.

  • Add the vegetable inventory. Scrape down the perimeters and press the cabbage-rice combination down so all of the rice is submerged.

  • Prepare dinner 12 minutes – Deliver to a simmer, then cowl with a lid, flip the range right down to medium low (or low on a stronger burner) and cook dinner for 12 minutes. Don’t peek or stir!

  • Relaxation 10 minutes – Flip off the warmth, take away the saucepan from the range and let to relaxation for an additional 10 minutes (with the lid on).

  • Fluff & serve – Use a rubber spatula or rice paddle to fluff the rice then tumble right into a serving dish. Sprinkle with inexperienced onion and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Rice sorts – Recipe will even work with lengthy grain, basmati and medium grain rice BUT it’s essential improve the inventory by 1/4 cup (60ml), as a result of jasmine rice wants barely much less liquid to cook dinner via. (See plain jasmine rice recipe for more information.)
Rinsing – Not required to stop rice from being mushy as a result of this recipe makes use of the appropriate water-to-rice-ratio for jasmine rice (which is 1 cup rice to 1 1/4 cups water). Most recipes get it improper = mushy rice. Additionally no have to rinse to wash the rice if it was bought in a packet on the grocery store as it will likely be clear. For those who do want to clean the rice to wash it then shake extra water off very nicely and scale back inventory by 2 tablespoons (to account for waterlogged rice).
2. Liquid – inventory will make this rice tastier. If utilizing utilizing water, add 1 hen or vegetable inventory dice (dissolved) or 1 tsp inventory powder.
3. Cooking vessel dimension issues! Use a big saucepan, mine is 28cm/11″ huge, use one round this dimension. Don’t make this in a small one (~20cm/8″ huge) as a result of the rice-cabbage combination can be too deep for the rice cook dinner evenly.
4. Leftover rice will hold for two days. Freezing will work however the cabbage will go a tad watery although if you happen to toss via nicely this shouldn’t be an issue.
Diet per serving, assuming 5 servings.

Diet Data:

Energy: 206cal (10%)Carbohydrates: 36g (12%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fats: 5g (8%)Saturated Fats: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fats: 1gTrans Fats: 0.2gLdl cholesterol: 13mg (4%)Sodium: 486mg (21%)Potassium: 211mg (6%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 3g (3%)Vitamin A: 928IU (19%)Vitamin C: 33mg (40%)Calcium: 45mg (5%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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