Spicy Indian rice

Spicy Indian rice

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins


Serves 4
Sara Buenfeld’s delicious spicy rice is perfect served with your favourite curry

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  • a mugful of American long grain rice
  • 2 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • ½ tsp turmeric



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  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • large handful of sultanas and roasted cashew nuts


  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.

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3rd Mar, 2011
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
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4th Jan, 2011
Very tasty!. I'm a bit rubbish at making rice but this turned out perfectly!!
8th Sep, 2010
so tasty. I made it for the prawn curry and everyone loves it.
16th Aug, 2010
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.
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29th Jul, 2010
Stunning rice dish. Really good flavours - great on its own but lovely with a big bowl of lamb saag.
12th May, 2010
I found this rice absolutely delicious, and my boyfriend enjoyed it too. I'm a big fan of rice, and I'll definitely be making this again in future!
6th Dec, 2009
So easy to make, a new household favourite!!
2nd Sep, 2009
Without doubt the best rice accompaniment I have ever had with a curry and will now be the firm favourite. We loved it - I even had leftovers on its own cold for lunch the next day. It was easy to make although I did use basmati cooked the Delia way (cup of rice in a hot pan, add 1 tbsp oil to cover rice, add the tumeric add 2 cups boiling water and the cinnamon stick, then simmer on lowest heat until cooked but keep an eye on it - may need more water and the tumeric seemed to make it prone to sticking). I threw in a handful of peas to add colour. Fabulous web site by the way!
5th Nov, 2008
Could I make this with Basmati? I prefer the taste.
11th Oct, 2008
very tasty rice!! packed full of flavour.. great and easy to make..


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