Serving of Spiced Pumpkin Rice.

Spiced Pumpkin Rice

Our Spiced Pumpkin Rice is the perfect side dish for fall. Whether you want to impress your guests at a seasonal get together or just add some spice into your weekday routine, this recipe is for you!

This recipe stars U.S.-grown brown basmati rice and comes to us from our friend Kim of @the.bloodsugar.nutritionist in partnership with USA Rice.

  • Serving Size
    1 cup
  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    25 min
  • Total Time
    40 min


  • 1 cup whole grain basmati rice
  • 1½ cups pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 scotch bonnet or jalapeño pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme leaves 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • parsley for garnish


  • Wash and dry fresh pumpkin. Make sure to remove the seeds. 
  • Chop pumpkin into small cubes. Set aside.
  • Sauté the chopped onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
  • Add salt, paprika, spices, thyme leaves, and turmeric and stir for about 1 minute. 
  • Add water and pumpkin to the pot. Allow it to boil for about 5 minutes.
  • Add basmati rice, coconut milk, and scotch bonnet pepper to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat until the rice is cooked through. 
  • Before serving, remove pepper and garnish with chopped parsley leaves.