This recipe has been adapted from my soon to be Mother-in-Law's homemade Indian Pilaf that she has been making for years! 
I am excited to share this with you because it is my favorite way to make brown rice. You can serve so many different dishes over this delicious pilaf.

There is great misinformation regarding whether we should eat grains. Many people group all carbs and starches together and avoid/fear them regardless of the source. However, the science is clear; whole grains contain a myriad of health promoting components. Refined grains such as white rice, white bread, white flour, etc are stripped of all beneficial nutrients and are harmful to our health. When kept intact, whole grains contain health promoting phytonutrients, fiber, and other nutrients that prevent chronic disease.
The benefits of whole grains include decreased risk from Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, and much more, 

3 cups Brown Basmati Rice
4 1/2 cups Water
2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 tbsp Onion Powder
3 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Cilantro


  1. Toast cumin seeds for 10 minutes at 200°F
  2. Rinse brown rice under running water until the water runs clear.
  3. Boil water in a large pot and then place cumin seeds, rice, cinnamon stick, onion powder, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos into the pot.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the almonds, cover, and simmer for another 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. 
  5. Remove for heat and keep covered for 5 minutes to continue steaming.
  6. Fluff with a fork, stir in cilantro and pumpkin seeds, and serve!


*Note some rices have different cooking times. If cooking instructions or water to rice ratio are different on the package of rice you purchase, use the package's instructions and times and keep the rest of the recipe the same