I wrote a post awhile back about sautéeing vegetables in broths and teas. I’d never thought about rice, but Numi teas gave me that idea with their new tea line of savory teas. They basically taste like variations on vegetable broth, and are pretty good.
Today I used their carrot-mint black tea blend with plain brown rice in my rice cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of hot brewed tea to 1 cup of water and 2 measuring capfuls of rice (I use the measuring cup that came with my rice cooker, but you just want to match the cooking liquid with the rice as per cooking directions). I cooked it in the rice cooker and the tea gave it a surprisingly delicate flavor, much like jasmine rice. I was impressed, so you should try it! Think about herbal teas such as ginger, mint, chamomile, peppermint … any one of those could make for a really nice broth for rice.