One pan spicy rice

One pan spicy rice

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Cooking time

Ready in 20 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This simple rice dish is a useful backup – it needs practically no preparation and uses storecupboard ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
380
protein
12g
carbs
66g
fat
9g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
1.02g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp medium curry paste (Madras is a good one to use)
  • 250g basmati rice, rinsed
  • 450ml vegetable stock
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • handful of raisins
  • 175g frozen leaf spinach, thawed
  • handful of cashew nuts
  • natural yogurt to serve, optional

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan that has a lid, then fry the garlic and curry paste over a medium heat for 1 minute, until it smells toasty.
  2. Tip the rice into the pan with the stock, chickpeas and raisins and stir with a fork to stop the rice from clumping. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and bring to the boil. Reduce to a medium heat and cook for 12-15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
  3. Squeeze the excess water from the spinach with your hands. Tip it into the pan along with 2 tbsp of hot water and fluff up the rice with a fork, making sure the spinach is mixed in well. Toss in the cashews. Serve drizzled with natural yogurt if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2004

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cocktailcate's picture

Love this, we have it every week now. I also add some peppered mackerel to my husbands portion and he loves it. So easy but so tasty!

caroljefferson's picture

10 out of 10!

susanholden's picture
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really tasty, quick and easy to make, there are lots of alternative ingredients which could go in this dish if you don't have what is listed in the recipe. Will definitely make this again.

rgmdh1nd's picture
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All the family enjoyed this, a nice easy supper.

paulajanejones's picture
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So easy and so yummy.

katyb75's picture

Nice and easy to make. Used normal rice as did not have basmati and also roasted half a pumpkin which I served the rice on top of. Plenty left for pack lunch tomorrow ;-)

irisdescence's picture
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Very easy and it tasted so good! I did add some union and green pepper.

rosiboble's picture
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Would give this recipe a million stars if i could! Absolutely amazing. Loved by all of the family.. However i would recommend adding another 50-100mls of vegetable stock as the rice never quite cooks enough if you don't, and i tend to add more raisins(and sultanas) than it suggests as they completely make the dish! One of my favs- EVER. AND SO QUICK AND EASY!!!

natsmilton's picture
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Fantastic recipe that I use all the time, except sometimes I don't bother with the spinach, chickpeas, cashew nuts or even the yoghurt! I always add raisins though, they really make the dish. I usually put leftover roast chicken strips in mine to use up the chicken and it is a family favourite and the smell always attracts compliments!

marcella77's picture
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Super tasty quick meal when you've no idea what to cook! i serve with a dollop of chutney and some naan bread on the side. Today I only have pitta instead and no spinach so it will be a bit different but still yum :)

sadiem's picture

Just made this, it's delicious! I used brown basmati (for health reasons) and it req another 200ml water and an extra 20mins on a very low heat. Also added mushrooms as suggested by another rater here. This is so easy, healthy and filling. Recipe lends itself to infinite variations and I'm up for experimenting. This will be a regular on my menu!

parmaham's picture
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this was beautifully easy to make and tasted as a curry should. replaced the spinach for broccolli as I didn't have any in and tasted yum yums.

jo_madzayo's picture
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Lovely rice, used fresh spinach instead which worked just as well, also left out the nuts as my son is allergi to them, still tasted fantastic. I served this with enchiladas and went down a treat with the whole family.

cheetnchads's picture

Absolutely delicious, this recipe has become a favourite in our household especially on those evening where time is ticking on!
We made it with the Madras and it was perfect temperature wise - even for the other half who doesn't like things too hot. Be warned though, it's very morish!

honeypossums's picture
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i really enjoyed this - i used flaked almonds instead as that's what i had. would make again.

claire73walking's picture
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Second time I've made this, so much nicer than plain rice and so easy to do.

parmaham's picture
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Tasty! Just used four pieces of frozen spinach, which did the trick nicely!

michael83's picture
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Just cooked this and it's really tasty. Very quick and easy to make and the chickpeas and rice make it extremely filling. I had it as main course with a slice of fresh home-made wheaten bread. Very tasty!

sallybiggins's picture
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Shoved everything in the rice cooker, added a bit of chicken and a few more veg and turned out lovely.

sallybiggins's picture
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Shoved everything in the rice cooker, added a bit of chicken and a few more veg and turned out lovely.

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