Herb and Onion Boiled Rice

Boiled rice doesn't always have to be a plain jane. Be creative and jazz up your rice dishes by adding a little extra ingredients. This herb and onion boiled rice will even work up your appetite during the cooking process, with its great aroma. Serve the rice with a lightly stir-fried vegetable dish, or on its own.


  • 1 1/2 cup long grain rice, rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • A pinch of herbal salt


  1. Heat sesame oil in a deep saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Stir in onion, thyme and herbal salt; and sautee for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in rice and stir for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Turn heat to high, pour in the water and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. When water and rice reach the same level, turn heat off.
  7. Fluff the rice with a pair of chopstick or fork to make sure it does not stick to the base.
  8. Cover the rice and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes till all water is absorbed.
  9. Fluff the rice again before serving.
  10. Serves 3.

Versatility Note:

  1. You could use basmati rice instead of long grain rice.
  2. If you are using brown rice, pre-soak the rice for about an hour. Alternatively, double-up the amount of water used; and abviously it will take longer time to cook.
  3. The choice of herbs used is totally up to you. Herbs such as clove and rosemary are great for simmering rice. Or, if you cannot decide, simply use some ready-mixed herbs.