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Indian-style Spiced rice (serves 4 or 6 as a side)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Equipment: Rice cooker or heavy-based saucepan with lid



3 cups long grain or basmati rice

1 brown onion, diced finely

1-2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp allspice (optional)

1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)

3-4 cups (approx.) vegetable stock

2 Tbs butter

1 Tb vegetable or seed (olive or grapeseed) oil


  1. Heat oil and butter in saucepan or rice cooker and then add onion and spices. Fry gently for a few minutes to allow flavours to develop and then add (uncooked) rice. Stir mixture for a few moments until the rice and flavouring ingredients are blended.
  2. Add the stock, stir mixture and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover tightly with lid.
  3. Cook for around 15 minutes and then remove lid. Add more stock or water if rice is still crunchy. Add peas and then return lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes until rice and peas are soft.