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Serving Suggestion: Basmati Rice Salad

Basmati Rice Salad


200g Basmati Rice
400ml water
1 sliced shallot
1 tsp turmeric, ground
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp paprika
4 tsp salt
100g chickpeas
1 roasted red pepper
25g chopped coriander

For the dressing:
1 tbsp English mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp ras el hanout spice (Moroccan spice) or if not available a pinch of each of the following: saffron, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, paprika

To Serve

This is a lovely and light summer’s dish, and works wonderfully as an accompaniment to Hensons' Gourmet Burgers.

Preparation Method

  1. Place the rice with the water in a suitable sized pan, cover and bring to the boil. Simmer until cooked (the water should have evaporated and you should be left with fluffy rice)
  2. Once cooked, refresh in cold water to stop the cooking process
  3. While the rice is cooking, place a pan onto the stove with a little oil. Once hot, place the shallots into the pan, turn down the heat and sweat gently for 15 minutes
  4. Put the spices in with the shallots and cook for a further 10-15 minutes
  5. Place the chickpeas and the red pepper with the shallots and spices and place in a suitable bowl with the drained rice and chopped coriander.
  6. For the dressing, place the mustard and honey in a bowl. Whisk in the white wine vinegar until incorporated. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and then add the spices.
  7. Drizzle over the rice salad.
  8. You can finish the salad with a little natural yoghurt if you like.