A Fragrant, Spicy Rice


This recipe is a family favourite. It has wonderful textures; the softness of the rice combined with the crunchy almonds ... it's heaven! The spices can be altered to your tastes... I generally add quite a lot.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1 cup frozen green peas

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch garam masala

  • 1 pinch turmeric powder

  • ground cayenne pepper to taste

  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter

  • 10 large fresh mushrooms, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 pinch turmeric powder

  • cayenne pepper to taste

  • ½ cup dry red lentils

  • ¾ cup vegetable broth

  • ½ cup almond slivers

  • 1 bunch cilantro sprigs


  1. In a pot, bring 2 1/2 cups broth to a boil. Mix in green onions and peas. Season with salt, 1 pinch garam masala, 1 pinch turmeric, and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir the basmati rice into the pot. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

  2. Melt the butter in a wok over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the mushrooms and garlic in the melted butter until lightly browned. Mix in green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Season with 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 pinch turmeric, and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir in the lentils and 3/4 cup broth. Reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender.

  3. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the almonds, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Remove from heat, and set aside.

  4. Increase wok heat to medium. Mix the rice into the wok with the vegetables and lentils. Cook and stir until all liquid has evaporated. Garnish with toasted almonds and cilantro sprigs to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

331 Calories
10g Fat
49g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 331
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 545mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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