Make your midweek meals exciting with our basmati rice recipes. Now discover our recipes with semolina and then check out our fried rice recipes.


Basmati rice recipes

Gado gado fried rice

This Indonesian salad of vegetables and boiled eggs in a rich peanut dressing is bulked up here with spicy fried rice.

Gado Gado Salad Recipe with Fried Rice

Jewelled pilaf

Check out this easy pilaf, fragrant with cinnamon, cardamom and orange zest and stuffed with ruby pomegranate seeds.

A brown bowl of yellow Jewelled carrot and pistachio pilaf with a large serving spoon

Fragrant rice with ghee and whole spices (shada pulao)

The scent of onions caramelising is universally regarded as wonderful – in this case, it’s made even more so with ghee coating the rice with its nutty aroma.

A bowl of rice topped with crispy onions on a dinner table

Cheat’s chicken pilaf traybake

Add a bit of spice to your chicken traybake with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric for an easy midweek dinner.

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Spiced green bean and tomato rice

Sabrina Ghayour takes a classic Persian recipe, loobia polow (rice cooked with green beans and meat), and made it veggie for a showstopping meat-free main. Check out more our impressive veggie mains here.

Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipe with (Loobia Polow)

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.

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

Machboos (Omani chicken one-pot rice)

Recreate the warming, spiced Omani rice and chicken dish that is cooked in one pot to cut down on cooking time and maximise flavour.

Bowl of Omani chicken one-pot rice on a table garnished with fresh herbs

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.

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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