Spicy Indian rice

Spicy Indian rice

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Sara Buenfeld’s delicious spicy rice is perfect served with your favourite curry

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

  • a mugful of American long grain rice
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • large handful of sultanas and roasted cashew nuts

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Method

  1. Fry the onions in the sunflower oil in a large frying pan for 10-12 minutes until golden.
  2. Fill a roomy saucepan with water, bring to the boil and tip in a heaped teaspoon of salt - the water will bubble furiously. Add turmeric and the cinnamon stick to the water. Pour in the rice, stir once and return to the boil, then turn the heat down a little so that the water is boiling steadily, but not vigorously. Boil uncovered, without stirring (this makes for sticky rice) for 10 minutes. Lift some out with a slotted spoon and nibble a grain or two. If they're too crunchy, cook for another minute and taste again. They should be tender but with a little bite. Drain the rice into a large sieve and rinse by pouring over a kettle of very hot water
  3. Stir the crushed seeds of the cardamom pods into the onions with the cumin seeds and fry briefly.
  4. Toss in a large handful of sultanas and roasted cashew nuts, then the hot drained rice. This is great with curry and will also give an exotic edge to grilled meat or fish.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2002

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Pynner's picture
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This is my favourite rice recipe we have it with curries, when we have a BBQ or just need a rice salad, good in a lunch box with some leftover Sunday roast meat. Very easy to make.
I make double quantity and freeze half for when I am in a rush or need to leave some for the family to sort themselves out.
I usually mess with recipes but do not need to with this one.

Alessya19's picture

I made this as a side dish for fish. I doubled the quantity of rice, as I had to cook for 7 people, but I think I forgot to double some of the spices, because I had to add more at the end, because it felt like the rice had no taste. I will make it again, but I will use more spices.

lassy's picture

Made this last night. This is a vast improvement on the ready made Indian rice I usually buy.
So easy and quick. Really tasty. Excellent.

fourleafclover73's picture
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Lovely rice dish, really improves boring old rice and is super easy! Rice for Indian curries will never be dull again.

wijjy1's picture

absolutely the best rice accompaniment to indian style dishes i've ever tasted!!!!

riddler's picture
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Very nice. Kids are not big rice fans but this is tasty so they enjoyed it

aliciawiredu's picture

This is fantastic recipe, quick and easy to prepare.
Absolutely delicious!

jellycatblue's picture
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Fantastic! Nuts and sultanas make a delicious rice dish. Please do try!

lozenge's picture
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I've just used this recipe as a basis for brown rice. I boiled the rice with cardamom pods and garam masala (didn't have any turmeric) for 25 minutes, and fried onions, adding mustard and cumin seeds once they were brown. Mix it all together, absolutely delicious!

lozenge's picture
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I've just used this recipe as a basis for brown rice. I boiled the rice with cardamom pods and garam masala (didn't have any turmeric) for 25 minutes, and fried onions, adding mustard and cumin seeds once they were brown. Mix it all together, absolutely delicious!

fionamair's picture
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Delicious, crunchy cashews with spciy rice... wow. Had along with Coconut Chicken Curry, a perfect combo.

kypnut's picture

Loved it what more is there to say

marsgirl's picture

I had no cashews so used flaked almonds instead and loved it!!! Would imagine it would be even better with cashews.

lindeens's picture
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Didn't like it. Bland and mushy.

wijjy1's picture

i think you mucked up somewhere..... try again, and follow the recipe!!

annag11's picture
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YUM YUM, made this last month for our curry club night....went down a treat and none left over for the next day!! It was really easy to make, I used basmati rice too and the flavours were scrum, went very well with the lamb sagg and chicken balti. Big hit and could easily be eaten on its own its sooooo tasty!! Thx again good food

worrworr's picture

Very tasty!.
I'm a bit rubbish at making rice but this turned out perfectly!!

vytran's picture

so tasty. I made it for the prawn curry and everyone loves it.

rhianthomas1984's picture
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This the closest recipe to pilau rice that i've found and i was very pleased with the result. I didn't add the sultanas and cashew nuts this time (as not suitable on my diet) but added peas instead. I served it with a chicken madras curry and it was a huge success.

sarah_clk's picture
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Stunning rice dish. Really good flavours - great on its own but lovely with a big bowl of lamb saag.

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