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Best ever basmati rice recipes

The delicate yet absorbent texture of basmati rice makes it a staple ingredient for both light, refreshing meals and more comforting classics. Choose one of our 13 recipes to make at home tonight.

Buttery leek and smoked trout kedgeree

Check out our super simple kedgeree recipe with buttery leeks and smoked trout. This flavoursome dish is ready in just 30 minutes, an easy midweek meal for two.

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Smoked Trout Kedgeree with Leeks on a grey oval plate served with boiled eggs sliced into quarters

Asian poached chicken with basmati and cucumber

This simple Asian-influenced dish is a great way to make chicken more exciting midweek. Served with a refreshing cucumber salad and added crunch of sesame seeds, it’s so good you’ll forget it’s healthy.


Prawn kedgeree

Kedgeree is a really quick and easy but delivers on comfort. The spicy rice, juicy prawns and boiled eggs come together in a great balance of flavours. It’s perfect for a midweek meal.


Buttery mushroom and spinach pilaf

The best rice dish for a quick after-work meal. Satisfying yet light, this vegetarian pilaf makes good use of mushrooms, spinach and Indian spices plus Indian staple basmati rice.


Yoghurt-spiced chicken with almond and coriander rice

Chicken is cooked in madras yogurt spiced with red chilli; served on coriander rice and topped with flaked almonds. A delicious meal for two, ready in just 30 minutes.


Asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf

This asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf is a lovely spring dish and a great alternative way to use asparagus. It is officially in season on 24 April, but might be in the shops a bit earlier depending on the weather.


Romano rellenos with chipotle salsa

Stuffed peppers with a twist. These sweet Romano peppers are made to be filled with a spicy rice mix and mozzarella. Served with a chipotle chilli salsa, they are a quick midweek meal or weekend starter.


Lebanese rice and lentils with caramelized onions

This recipe for Lebanese rice and lentils with caramelised onions is a storecupboard winner and is ready in just 40 minutes, making it a perfect option for an easy midweek meal.


Wild mushroom koulibiacs

This vegetarian version of the classic Russian coulibiac fills puff pastry parcels with wild mushrooms in the best creamy sauce.


Stir-fried spicy beef rice with greens

Quick and easy but packed with flavour, stir-fries are a great option to feed your family in a flash. We use spring greens in this recipe, but you can add more veg when they’re out of season, if you like.


Chicken and pistachio pilaf

Try this one-pot cinnamon-spiced pilaf with chicken thighs, sweet pistachios and sour cherries for a tasty and quick family dinner.


Simple Persian-style lamb stew

This Persian-inspired lamb stew is really simple and makes for a delicious, warming midweek meal for the family. The pomegranate seeds and mint give it a lovely, fresh flavour. If there are only two of you, freeze the rest.


Green chilli carrots with yoghurt rice

A quick vegetarian carrot and rice dish that everyone will love. Quick to make, just 30 minutes, it’s an easy midweek alternative to your usual meals.


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