Persian Rice

Prepared with Ready to Serve Brown Rice, this fast take on Persian rice is fragrant, tangy and nutty.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 2 minutes
Cooking time COOK TIME 1 minute
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 3 minutes
Cooking time
PREP TIME 2 minutes
Cooking time
COOK TIME 1 minute
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 3 minutes


  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley


  • Using simple and convenient ingredients in your pantry, you can transport your taste buds in a matter of minutes for lunch or dinner!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir together rice, turmeric and salt.

    Step 3

  • Mix in pomegranate seeds, walnuts and parsley until combined.

    Recipe Tip:

    Toss together any leftover Persian rice with arugula, store-bought roasted chickpeas and Italian dressing for a quick and easy lunch salad.

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Quick Persian Flavors

Traditional Persian cuisine is filled with colorful and rich ingredients made to enhance the flavors in every bite. With just a few pantry staple ingredients and convenient Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice, this meal will be ready and full of flavor within just a few minutes.

One of the most popular seasonings used for both sweet and savory Persian dishes is Turmeric. This spice emits a bright yellow-orange color to any dish it’s added to, while offering bold and musky flavors, an earthy aroma, and a bit of peppery spice.

In just a few steps you can make your own shortcut Persian rice dish! Start with Ready to Serve Brown Rice, which only takes 1 minute to heat up in the microwave and toss in turmeric powder, which changes the rice color to a beautiful orange. Authentic to Persian cuisine, some meals are topped with pomegranate seeds and citrus fruit for a little extra flavor, color and texture. To complete the dish, add chopped walnuts and parsley.

Tip: If you don’t have any pomegranate on hand, you can easily substitute them with fresh or dried cranberries, or even some raisins — anything that adds sweetness and contrasts the savory taste.

Double The Recipe

This recipe is convenient for one serving, however, if you want to make this delicious meal for more people, just multiply the ingredients by people you will be inviting. Another solution is to try our Golden Rice Pilaf, similar in flavor and ingredients but serves 6 rather than just 1. Don’t worry, the meal can still be whipped up without any hassle and in just 20 minutes!

Dish Versatility

This rice bowl is filled with seasonings, textures and flavors, however, it’s completely customizable. If you want to make this dish more wholesome, you can add a protein source — roasted chicken or chickpeas for example. You can also make it a rice salad by adding some extra leafy greens and Italian salad dressing.

If you are looking to make other meals with your pantry staples or ingredients you have leftover, make sure to check out our list of meals with 5 ingredients or less. Filled with recipes that are hassle-free, ready in a matter of minutes. You can find recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.

Looking for a vegetarian option? Try our: eggplant parmesan recipe.

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