Basmati and Black Rice with Chickpeas, Raisins and Fried Onions

by simplylife on April 18, 2014

Oh, hello.

I missed you.

I’ve been writing this blog for nearly 5 years, and I think this may have been the longest I’ve gone without saying hello?!


I must admit, we had a glimpse of the perfect spring in Boston!…

…for  about 5 days…


It was glorious!  Our windows were open (finally, we could breathe some fresh air into our home!), we went for long walks, and took our first hike of the year!

Then, the chilly weather, rain, and snow (SNOW!) returned.

You better believe I was spending those brief glorious moments outside, rather than in front of my computer!

But, alas, the temperature has dropped again, and today I’m keeping warm indoors.  Which means I can finally share this delicious recipe with you!


It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks to flip-through, Jerusalem.  It is a humble and quite unassuming dish.  At first glance, it looks nothing more than a bit of cooked rice with chickpeas.  However, the combination of two types of rice, fried onions, raisins and warm spices add a depth and complexity to each bite that make this dish completely standout!

Basmati and Black Rice with Chickpeas, Raisins and Fried Onions

by Simply Life

Keywords: fry entree side vegetarian vegan chickpeas raisins rice Mediterranean

Ingredients (4 servings as side dish)

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup black rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Cumin, to taste
  • Curry powder, to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbs. chopped chives


1. Using a rice cooker, mix together basmati and black rice with 2 1/2 cups water. Cook until rice is tender and cooked through (if you do not have a rice cooker, cook rice according to package directions; you may need to cook rice blends separately according to package directions).

2. Meanwhile, prepare the onion by mixing with flour, to ensure that onion slices are slightly coated in flour. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. When oil is very hot, carefully add onion slices and fry 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Add chickpeas, cumin, curry powder, salt and pepper, and cook together for additional 1-2 minutes.

3. Mix cooked rice with chickpeas and onions. Toss together with raisins and chives. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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~What is your favorite type of rice?

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  • itzyskitchen

    Hope the warmth returns! What a pretty dish! The raisins are a fun touch!

  • Julie Anonymous

    This looks wonderful! I love simple and clean dishes like this, either as a main or as a side 😀 Thanks for sharing! Hopefully the sun will return soon. We seem to have borrowed it for a couple of days over in Glasgow, sorry 😛

  • Angie

    A lovely side dish! Glad that you are back!

  • decocinasytacones

    This looks yummy really. Yes!, long time no see Gina!!!!…..I´m glad you´re fine, just enjoying life.
    Love from Spain

  • yummychunklet

    Ooh, looks intriguing with the black rice.

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I think Jasmine may be my favorite rice. Or sticky rice…. hmmmm…. I’m loving the spring weather we are having and this rice dish looks yummy!

  • Daniela

    So glad you are back!
    These colors are gorgeous and I’m sure this stunning rice tastes even better than it looks.

  • Choc Chip Uru

    Such a delicious indulgent dish, I love the sweetness of the raisins!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Del Mar Dentist

    This looks yummy! Would love to try this. Do you think it will taste different if I use plain and brown rice?

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