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Vegan Middle Eastern rice

Vegan Middle Eastern rice

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Prep time:
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    1 medium butternut, peeled and cubed
    60 ml olive oil
    15 ml butter
    2 onions, sliced
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    10 ml ground cumin
    10 ml ground coriander
    5 ml turmeric
    2.5 ml cayenne pepper
    1 cup Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice
    1l chicken stock
    2 X 400 g cans chickpeas in brine, drained
    50 g raisins
    70 g flaked almonds, toasted
    15 g fresh coriander, roughly chopped


    1. Preheat the oven to 190 °C.
    2. Toss the butternut in 30 ml olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread over a baking tray and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked.
    3. Heat 15 ml olive oil and the butter in a pan over a low heat.
    4. Add the sliced onions, garlic and a pinch of salt.
    5. Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne and rice. Stir so it is all combined well, then add the chicken stock.
    6. Cover and allow to simmer gently for about 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked.
    7. Once the rice is cooked, gently stir through the chickpeas and roasted butternut. Top with raisins, flaked almonds and chopped coriander. Serve with crispy poppadoms on the side

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