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Simple Garlic Black Pepper Rice

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | 10:55 AM

Football season has started with college football taking over the Saturdays and NFL on Sundays. Every week before the games I usually prepare some snacks but slowly I have changed that into preparing healthy and regular food that stops me from munching in between games (That is the reason I like to give but the truth is I don't like to move out of my lucky spot when the San Diego Chargers play). Superstitious! Yes I am. The last two weeks have been really very disappointing for us since the game boiled down to the last few seconds and we lost by a point( that happened when I moved a little from the spot).

For week 2 I made palak paneer, garlic pepper rice and served it with store bought naan. The rice was for my daughter and I wanted it to add some flavor. Before the games I wanted to make something simple and quick.


Heavy bottom pan




Rice - 1 cup (I used basmati)

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Cashew nuts - 1/2 cup

Garlic Powder - 1 tsp

Pepper Powder - 1 tsp (lower if you don't want it spicy)

Oil - 1 tbsp

Water - 2 1/2 cups

Salt to taste

Cilantro - finely chopped 3 tbsps


1. Soak the rice in water for 10 minutes.

2. Heat the cooking pan and add the oil, mustard seeds wait for them to pop and then the cashews.

3. When they get roasted add garlic powder and pepper powder.

4. Drain the water and store them. Add the rice and roast it for 2 minutes. Add the drained water back with some salt and cook covered on medium until the rice is done.

5. Garnish with cilantro and serve it on the side with any kind of food.


  1. Look really yummy.

  2. the garlic pepper + palak paneer is an awesome combo :)..wishing 'Sandiego Chargers' best of luck!!


  3. I like the simplicity of this recipe.

  4. simple, quick and delicious recipe..

  5. this is a new dish for me . must be really spicy N hot .. looks great

  6. I am not a fottie fan, but sure am fan of this rice dish.
    Looks delicious

  7. This rice was very simple to make and very delicious. I served it with your Palak paneer recipe and it was delicious. My husband liked it. The pepper I used was spicy so he enjoyed.


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