Basmati Rice With Cashews, Peas and Fresh Coriander

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

A quick to prepare rice dish, adapted from a recipe on one the cards in international culinary celebrity Kurma Dasa's 52 card set 'Quick Vegetarian recipes you can prepare in a hurry'. It is important to use pans with tight-fitting lids for this recipe. If you are not overly fond of peas or spinach, substitute them with a vegetable you prefer. But the green of the vegetables in this dish does contrast most attractively with the yellowish rice and the cashews.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small pan over a medium heat, bring the water to the boil; add the salt and turmeric; reduce to a simmer and cover tightly.
  2. In a larger - preferably heavy-based - pan, over a medium heat, heat the ghee or oil; add the yellow asafetida powder and chopped onion and stir to combine for 1-2 minutes, add the rice and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the rice becomes whitish in colour.
  3. Carefully pour the simmering water into the pan containing the rice, stir briefly, and if the peas you are using are fresh, add them now; increase the heat so that the water is again boiling, then reduce to a very low heat and cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  4. Simmer the rice for 15-20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed by the rice and the rice is tender and flaky; if you are using frozen peas, add them 5 minutes before the end of this stage of the cooking; stir through the rice quickly, and replace the lid as soon as you can.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and leave it covered and undisturbed for 5 minutes to allow the grains to firm up.
  6. Fold in the cashews, chopped baby spinach leaves and chopped coriander leaves, and stir well to combine the ingredients.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with the remaining herbs.
  8. NOTES: (i) I have suggested adding the chopped baby spinach leaves in step six, as baby spinach leaves wilt very quickly once they come into contact with something like hot rice. If you would like your spinach leaves not just wilted but cooked, add them when adding the frozen peas towards the end of the cooking time in step four. (ii) The Zaar Kitchen Dictionary suggests that either garlic powder or onion powder are suitable substitutions for yellow asafetida powder.


Most Helpful

Very nice. Subbed kale for spinach (and I find kale less likeable) and it was still good. Subbed garlic for asafedita. The cashew are especially nice. thanks for sharing.

dianegrapegrower November 16, 2009

Perfect! I've had similar in very authentic Indian restaurants, and the most important ingredient is the asafoetida. You can find it in the asian foods aisle at whole foods and most upscale grocery stores, but i get mine cheap from an Indian spice shop in town. I've made this several times and you can omit the cashews and spinach for a milder taste.

Chef Stonebury of Stone June 21, 2009

Very nice lunch today. After not finding asafetida powder, I saw that I could substitute it with onion powder, and thats what I did. Other than that recipe was made as written. Made for 1-2-3 hit wonders.

weekend cooker March 11, 2009

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