Joshua McFadden's Spiced Brown Rice with Chickpeas

// Joshua McFadden's Spiced Brown Rice with Chickpeas

Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

34 mins

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According to Joshua McFadden, “this quick-to-prep dish is simple, comforting, and nutritious enough to be a main dish, though it’s lovely as a side partner to a pork chop or chicken breast, or as a filling for stuffed peppers.” While you wait for this one-dish recipe to cook, your house will fill up with the delicious aromas of turmeric, cardamom, coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, and more.

This recipe was adapted with permission from Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains by Joshua McFadden.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ " (7.5cm) chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ cup (100g) brown basmati or other long-grain rice
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch of dried chile flakes
  • ¾ cup (180ml) chicken broth or water
  • ½ 15.5oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
  • Plain yogurt, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for squeezing
  • Small handful fresh mint, parsley, and/or cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Add the coconut or olive oil, onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, cardamom, coriander, cumin, and mustard seeds to the Anyday Deep Dish. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until onions are translucent and spices are very fragrant but not burned.
  2. Add the brown rice, salt, chile flakes, and chicken broth or water to the dish. Cover and cook at Power Level 3tooltip for 30 minutes, or until rice is tender and has fully absorbed the liquid. Let rest covered for 5 minutes to gently finish steaming.
  3. Stir in the chickpeas. Cover and cook at full power for another 2-3 minutes until warmed through. Taste and adjust with more salt or chili flakes.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yogurt, a squeeze of lime, and a handful of fresh herbs.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If rice is still too hard after the cook time, add a few tablespoons of water and continue cooking at the recommended power level in 2-minute increments.
  • If it’s taking longer than expected, increase the power level by 1. If it’s bubbling over or the lid is lifting, decrease the power level by 1.

Recipe notes

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