Spinach & pea pilau

Spinach & pea pilau

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6
Adding veg to your rice really jazzes it up and is a great way to make sure you're getting your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal365
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.9g


  • 2 mugs basmati rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 100g fresh baby spinach, roughly shredded
  • 200g frozen pea


  1. Thoroughly rinse the rice in a bowl or sieve with several changes of water until the water runs clear. Drain well. Heat a large pan on the stove, tip in the spices, then dry-fry for about 1 min until they are toasted (not burnt) and beginning to release their aromas. Tip the rice into the pan, stir well over the heat, then pour in 4 mugs of water and add 1 tsp salt.

  2. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 8 mins until the rice is almost tender and the water has been absorbed. Stir in the spinach and peas, then cover and leave for 2 mins so the peas defrost and the spinach just wilts.

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15th Mar, 2013
Didn't seem to be able to incorporate any of the flavours from the spices into the rice which meant it was a little bland. I too normally part boil and part steam basmati rice as it has a tendency to stick together otherwise, something which happened this time
1st Aug, 2011
I made this with my 'famous' Goan Fish Curry... fragrant and lovely.... my husband said, 'Don't put it away, I'll have some more later!'.... will make it a staple now...
1st Aug, 2011
I made this with my 'famous' Goan Fish Curry... fragrant and lovely.... my husband said, 'Don't put it away, I'll have some more later!'.... will make it a staple now...
30th Mar, 2011
Easy to make. Oriental taste.
28th Aug, 2010
Definitely only one clove for my taste. Nice and easy having the vegetables in with the rice.
4th Sep, 2009
I served this with the chicken jalfrezi from this months Olive Magazine and it was very nice. I normally steam rice and never do it in a saucepan and I did struggle. The rice was all stuck together in big lumps. Thankfully it tasted good but I did exactly as it states above. Any advice from anyone so it doesn't happen again?
19th Aug, 2008
Didn't have anying any spinach - but was really nice with just spices and peas.
13th Mar, 2008
I have made for friends on two different occasions and served it with spinach and rice pilau-it was delicious
3rd Feb, 2008
I served this with Ginger Chicken as you recommended - it was a great success with the whole family including my faddy 14 year who normally hates vegetables
27th Jan, 2008
loverly rice, was easy to make and very fragrant, my husband and kids really loved it, i will be making this again.


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