Susan did her own take on this delicious one-pot, vegan, rice recipe for a recent garden work party bring & share lunch.
We all loved it so much we just had to share the recipe for more of us to experiment with it too…
SUMMER PILAU WITH TOMATO, COCONUT AND CASHEWS
by Meera Sodha, featured in East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing
Image and recipe source: https://www.nigella.com/recipes/guests/meera-sodhas-summer-pilau-with-tomato-coconut-and-cashews
Serves: 4 as a main
- 350 grams basmati rice
- 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
- 12 fresh curry leaves
- 1 x 4cm cinnamon stick
- 1 large onion (finely sliced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 1 green finger chilli (finely sliced)
- 50 grams unsalted cashew nuts
- 400 grams baby plum tomatoes (halved)
- 1 x 400 millilitres tin of coconut milk
- 1¾ teaspoons salt
Wash the rice in a few changes of cold water until the water runs clear, then leave to soak in plenty of cold water.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wide frying pan and add the curry leaves and cinnamon stick.
Stir-fry for a minute, then add the onion and cook for around 10 to 12 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown and is soft enough to cut with a wooden spoon.
Add the garlic, chilli and cashews, and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the tomatoes and pop the lid on.
Cook for around 8 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and jammy around the edges.
Drain the rice, add it to the pan and stir to combine.
Add the coconut milk, 200ml of water and the salt.
Stir again and bring the mixture to the boil, then pop the lid on, turn the heat down to a whisper and cook for a further 15 minutes.
Don’t be tempted to lift the lid as the steam is key to cooking the rice.
Once the 15 minutes is up, take off the heat and keep the lid on for a further 10 minutes to let the rice rest before eating.
Serve alongside a fresh green salad.