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What to cook with rice

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 18 March 2020

From Ottolenghi's Baked Rice with Olives to Meera Sodha's Nasi Goreng and Madhur Jaffrey's Berry Pilaf, here are 10 ways to add flavour and intrigue to this store cupboard essential.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Ottolenghi Baked Mint Rice

Baked Mint Rice with Olive and Pomegranate Salsa from Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

If you've got a tin of olives and some rice, you're well on your way to whipping up Ottolenghi's baked and salsa-topped recipe.

Get your copy of Ottolenghi SIMPLE here.

Easy Rice Store Cupboard Recipes | Meera Sodha Nasi Goreng

Sprout Nasi Goreng from EAST by Meera Sodha

Meera Sodha's shredded sprout nasi goreng is a great way to get some veg in with your rice. Don't have sprouts? Switch out for finely shredded cabbage instead.

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Easy Rice Store Cupboard Recipes | Claudia Roden Spanish Rice

Baked Rice with Currants and Chickpeas from The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden

What do you get when you combine three store cupboard essentials together? A delicious rice dish with currants, chickpeas and plenty of Spanish flavours.

Get your copy of The Food of Spain here.

Easy Rice Store Cupboard Recipes | Cajun One Pot Beans and Rice

One-pot Cajun Beans and Rice from Veganeasy: Delicious Food in 5 Ingredients by Denise Smart

Vegan cooking often lends itself particularly well to store cupboard cooking, as this five-ingredient Cajun-inspired one pot wonder shows.

Get your copy of Veganeasy here.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Prawn Fried Rice

Pea, Prawn and Mushroom Egg-Fried Rice from Student Eats by Rachel Phipps

Making good use of the ingredients you might have lurking in your freezer, this egg fried rice dish ticks off most of the food groups in one go and makes for the perfect fakeaway.

Get your copy of Student Eats here.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Meera Sodha Rice with Dried Fruit

Maharajah's Rice from Fresh India by Meera Sodha

Dotted with dried fruit and chopped nuts and perfumed with spices, Meera Sodha's Maharajah's Rice is a store cupboard rice dish par excellence.

Get your copy of Fresh India here.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Madhur Jaffrey Berry Pilaf

Berry Pilaf from Curry Easy Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur's jewel-toned pilaf will bring a little colour to darker days and is made using majority store cupboard spices and is perfect if you have a pack of dried cranberries to use up.

Get your copy of Curry Easy Vegetarian here.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Risotto with Peppers

Risotto with Peppers from Italian Kitchen by Anna del Conte

This simple risotto is perfect for a cupboard cook up. Don't have fresh peppers? Try using jarred instead.

Get your copy of Italian Kitchen here.

Easy Store Cupboard Rice Recipes | Chicken Biryani Eat Well For Less

Chicken Biryani from Eat Well for Less: Quick & Easy Meals by Jo Scarratt-Jones

The ultimate one-pot wonder, this easy biryani is also simple to flex. Switch out green beans for frozen peas and chicken for any protein you have access to, or simply enjoy the delicately flavoured rice without extras.

Get your copy of Eat Well for Less: Quick & Easy Meals here.

Easy Rice Store Cupboard Recipes | Classic Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding from Simon Hopkinson Cooks by Simon Hopkinson

Got a packet of pudding rice knocking around at the back of your cupboards? Turn to a simple British classic that also happens to be just about as comforting as a pud can get.

Get your copy of Simon Hopkinson Cooks here.

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