Berry Blast – Swirly Strawberry Rice

Aromatic basmati rice is sweetened, spiced and nudged over the top with a saucy strawberry swirl and a scattering of pistachios – next in our Berry Blast line-up.

Strawberry Swirl Rice

(Serves 4)

1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 Cup mashed strawberries

1 Tablespoon ghee/butter

½ Cup Basmati rice, soaked for 20-30 min and then drained well

1 Cup hot water or milk or a combination of the two

2 Cloves and the seeds of 4 cardamoms, powdered

1-2 Tablespoons cream, optional

1 Tablespoon sliced roasted pistachios

To make the strawberry swirl, add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the mashed berries and microwave for about 2 minutes, taking care to avoid the sauce boiling over. Set aside to cool.

Heat the ghee/butter in a small saucepan and add the drained rice. Gently toast the rice, about a minute. Mix in the spices, a pinch of salt and after a few stirs, add the hot water/milk. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and cook on medium-low heat until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is fluffy – about 6 minutes. Add the 1/3 cup sugar, stir gently with a fork and then cover and cook on very low heat for another minute or two, until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the cream, if using. Keep the rice covered and allow it to cool slightly.

To serve, scoop the rice into a bowl, and spoon the strawberry sauce over it in a swirl. Garnish with the sliced pistachios.


  • Adjust the quantity of sugar to suit your taste. To serve as a side, add less and for a dessert, add more.

Our Strawberry Rice is swirling over to –

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27 Responses to Berry Blast – Swirly Strawberry Rice

  1. Manju says:

    oooh..this looks nice! any fruit that i have had with rice is poms in curd rice, or have i tried anything else?? hmm..gotta think. Anyway, this one looks gorgeous!

  2. Suzy says:

    Sounds different and yummy. Pretty too!

  3. Hi Tadka pasta …forst time here and loving it. Liked your berry blast series with scones being my favorite. This kinda rice we like with mangoes with some coconut cream , with strawberries it should be great .

  4. Alea Milham says:

    What a delicious combination of flavors! And what a healthy dessert! Thanks for sharing another Berry Blast Creation with the hearth and soul Hop.

  5. Catalina says:

    This looks so good! I love sweet rice and your combination of cardamom, strawberries and pistachios is fantastic! Yum 🙂

  6. That looks incredible! I will definitely have to try this soon!

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  7. KB says:

    Looks delish!

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  9. Wonderful recipe. I love love love rice with fruits. When I was a child we used to have “milk soup”. It was simply warm milk with rice and a little sugar. It was delicious. Since then I’ve always liked to eat my rice sweet like with yougurt, for example. This remindes me of my childhood. Thanks .
    Have a great day!

  10. What a unique recipe! I never thought about pairing rice with fruit.

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  12. Jackie says:

    This is different but it does sound good. Will be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Suvidha says:

    Delicious!! Thanks for participating in Desserts Event. Round Up Ready at

  14. actorsdiet says:

    absolutely gorgeous! will share on my facebook page to remind myself i need to make this!

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