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Spicy rice

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
Dietary Vegetarian
From Recipe for Success


  1. Wash the rice thoroughly under cold running water and set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onions until golden-brown. Remove and set aside.

  3. While the pan is still hot, add all the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add the rinsed rice to the pan, along with the salt and 550ml/1 pint of water. Cover and bring to the boil. Add half of the cooked onions and simmer on a low heat for a further 10-15 minutes until the rice is tender.

  5. Serve hot and garnished with the remaining onions.


  • 8oz/225g basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt

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