What is your never fails to be eaten rice recipe please?

(51 Posts)
MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 16:15:03

I want to cut down on the amount of meat we eat and up the grains we have. I make rice with fish and veg, rice with veg only and used to make risi e bisi (makes note to make again) and would really appreciate some ideas from you for something I can make for my children, DH and I to eat (and if it can stay warm for 1-2 hours before DH and I are ready to eat that would be a huge bonus too but not essential.)

Thanks in advance flowers.

Rice is the only thing all my kids will eat. 2 will eat pasta and cous cous. One will eat rice but not pasta (unless spag bol) and one will eat cous cous if they have too.

EldritchCleavage Mon 21-Oct-13 16:16:39

Kedgeree is quite popular.
Egg fried rice with chopped spring onion goes down well.

Paella just doing it now with a Schwartz packet

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 16:32:12

Kedegeree is a brilliant idea, thank you.

Haven't ever used a packet with my kids so expect their noses to be turned up. Own stupid fault for always cooking from scratch so that sometimes they won't eat a bought version. Will definitely look at the sachets though and give them a go.

SanityClause Mon 21-Oct-13 16:35:38

I have a lovely paella recipe with chicken and prawns, also a lovely chicken pilaf.

Obviously, both of these contain meat, but its not the main part of the dish. If they are the kind of thing you're looking for, I'll type out the recipes.

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 16:38:12

I would love that, SanityClaus, if you don't mind. Thank you. I have googled and got a kedgeree recipe and have everything already except cream so even better when the bank is empty grin.

jojane Mon 21-Oct-13 16:42:17


BooItTooJulia Mon 21-Oct-13 16:44:41

Vegetable biryani

The best one is the bbc good food recipe.mjust be sure to cover it tightly so that it cooks. You could always add the chilli after the DCs portions have been removed.

BooItTooJulia Mon 21-Oct-13 16:46:13

Oooh, I just remembered about sticky Thai rice cakes and satay sauce.

Boil the rice. Stir through chopped coriander and spring onions. Using oiled hands shape into balls.place on a oiled baking sheet and cook in the oven while you make satay sauce.

kotinka Mon 21-Oct-13 16:46:51

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EldritchCleavage Mon 21-Oct-13 16:49:26

here is the Guardian egg fried rice recipe, which is delicious. I serve with greens of some kind, or stir fry veg, and some crispy fried tofu.

Also, jollof rice:
Brown some chicken drumsticks on a medium to high heat until almost cooked, remove and reserve.

Add to the same pan rice, a tblspn tomato puree, chopped toms (either liquidised fresh toms or tinned) and chicken stock (you need one and three quarter parts liquid to one part rice) and stir. Add the chicken, cover tightly and cook on a low heat until the rice is done.

This is good with a little chilli added, pref hot sauce rather than fresh. I use Ghanaian shito (yes, it is really called that) sauce but Tabasco or Encona hot sauce will do fine.

Artandco Mon 21-Oct-13 16:52:12


Bacon, broad bean and mushroom
Mushroom and pea
Butternut squash

All risotto gets eaten in seconds

If you pop in fridge straight after cool you can reheat later ( I usually stand pan in sink with some water so cools quicker)

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 16:52:32

TBH I am not counting chicken as meat as it is a good protein and better than red meat so grateful for those recipes.

Everything looks really nice, thank you!

tumbletumble Mon 21-Oct-13 16:53:34

Salmon with egg fried rice is popular here.
Also risotto - chicken, smoked salmon, mushroom, asparagus or cheese and bacon
Chicken or veg stir fry with rice
My personal favourite rice dish is Fay Ripley's lemon chicken with thyme rice
Cheesy tomato rice with ham and peas is a quick easy one

DontMentionThePrunes Mon 21-Oct-13 16:56:41

Kedgeree here too, lots of hard-boiled egg and a bit of cream. Fried onions and chills on the side.

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 17:00:02

I am loving the sound of the cheese and bacon one and DS2 would love the smoked salmon one.

I have just remembered Mexican rice that they all love so will do that this week.

Throughthelongnight Mon 21-Oct-13 17:01:17

Mine love risotto, especially with butternut squash and it reheats well. You can also make arancini with the left overs.

Have you tried bulgar wheat? It's somewhere between pasta and rice and is lovely with mushrooms, peas and cheese.

Or orzo.

I love chickpeas cooked in tomato sauce with rice (veggie) but you could do meatballs in tomato sauce?

Nasi goreng is good too, just add what you fancy.

Throughthelongnight Mon 21-Oct-13 17:03:59

Another thought, rice and Mexican beans in wraps.

My dh likes beef mince and rice in wraps.

Another tip, I put the hot rice in moulds (ramekin or dariole) and turn out the make a mound, they love it!

SuperiorCat Mon 21-Oct-13 17:04:14

Leek and mackerel risotto for lazy people

Fry leeks with garlic
Add rice and chopped chives and season
Add fish stock
Put in oven for half an hour
Take it out stir in 2 x drained tins of mackerel and a load of grated cheese

If I can be bothered I sometimes poach everyone an egg to go with it

nessus Mon 21-Oct-13 17:06:21

Fried rice a la nessus!

Vital ingredient is the MAGGI cubes. Cook rice til 3/4 done and set aside. Chop onion and garlic and fry in a little oil, crumble 2 maggi cubes on top and mix well, add grated carrot, mixed veg out of freezer (yes, sue me :p) and then a dash of water. Let bubble for a couple of minutes then add rice, mix well and let it cook dry. Nom nom nom

* if you are a pesce, add seafood of your choice after maggi cube and before veg phase.

* if veggie and want some 'bite' - add paneer (fried off already) with rice

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 17:08:21

I haven't bought bulger wheat before but happy too. I have bought orzo once but can't remember if I gave it to the kids and if they like it. Are both cooked and used like rice?

Kids love mackerel on toast so definitely giving yours a go, SuperiorCat, thank you.

MillyONaire Mon 21-Oct-13 17:10:24

Delia Smith's Brown Rice and Spinach bake - even die-hard "I hate green stuff"-ers eat this:
Baked Spinach with brown rice and cheese

450g fresh spinach, washed and chopped or 225g frozen spinach, thawed
225ml brown rice
1 teaspn butter
1 tablespn oil
1 onion finely chopped
450ml hot water
110g grated Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespn chopped parsley
freshly grated nutmeg
salt and fresh black pepper

2 tablespns wholewheat crumbs
1 tablspn melted butter
a couple of pinches cayenne pepper

Serves 2 - 3

Preheat oven to Gas 4 180 C
Heat butter and oil in pan and soften onion. Stir in rice and stir to coat. Add hot water, stir once then simmer for 40 minutes,covered, until tender.
When cooked, cool then mix with cheese, stir in eggs and parsley and chopped spinach. Season well and add some grated nutmeg.
place in oiled pie dish; mix breadcrumbs, butter and cayenne and sprinkle over the top. Bake in oven 35 minutes.

MillyONaire Mon 21-Oct-13 17:11:11

PS that should say drain and chop the spinach before adding...

AuntyEntropy Mon 21-Oct-13 17:11:14

Khosheri is good - a bit like kedgeree but with lentils and fried onions instead of fish, and spicy tomato sauce on the side.

Here's one recipe, but we use tinned tomatoes not fresh, and it's absolutely fine.

smoothieooo Mon 21-Oct-13 17:12:17

I cooked this last Monday with some leftover chicken - you don't need a lot and can add lots of different veg to it. It was, quite frankly, delicious and I can't wait to make it again tonight!

Throughthelongnight Mon 21-Oct-13 17:12:27

Both bulgar and orzo are cooked like rice, orzo takes a little longer.

I use orzo like pasta, as in I dress it with a little sauce/ pesto/ olive oil and cheese. Then add something like sweet corn and red pepper.

You can use bulgar just like rice, it just has a bit more texture.

smoothieooo Mon 21-Oct-13 17:13:03

* sorry, I meant you don't need a lot of chicken and can make it quite veg-heavy!

Throughthelongnight Mon 21-Oct-13 17:15:06

Ooo milly that spinach and rice recipe sounds delicious, think I will make that tomorrow. Yum!

cathpip Mon 21-Oct-13 17:20:49

Smoked haddock and spinach risotto. My dc love it and easily reheats for dh and I later.

MissStrawberry Mon 21-Oct-13 19:46:04

All great ideas, thank you very much smile.

Tonight it was just DS1 for tea and he had a completely weird combination but I am not bothered. He was happy and was fed. Doesn't matter how!

wordfactory Mon 21-Oct-13 20:42:15

I doa baked rice dish that my DC love.

Fry an onion, celery, peppers, cumin, corriander (can use chilli too). Stir in some basmati rice to coat.

Add stock and a slug of wine

Bung in a can of chick peas.

Put the lot in a caserole. Stick a few bits of lemon or orange on top. I also stick some browned chicken thighs on tp,but you don't need to!


Keep checking it hasn't gone dry. Add more liquid as necessary.

Should be ready in an hour.

Srinkle with fresh corriander and serve with pitta bread and yoghurt.

Dilidali Mon 21-Oct-13 21:11:40

My mum makes this, we call it 'cleaning the fridge', sure it has a proper name:

Boil rice

Chop whatever you have in the fridge:
Sun dried tomatoes
Spring onions
Half opened tins of sweetcorn/peas

Mix whatever you just found in the fridge with the rice, a tin of tuna, a bit of pepper, squeeze quite a bit of lemon over and serve.

It's some Italian concoction. Trying hard to think of it's proper name, not sure pulire del frigo is quite right, which is what we call it.

MissStrawberry Tue 22-Oct-13 10:12:24

That sounds really tasty, Dilidali, thank you.

I have made a list of all the food in the cupboard and freezer and will be planning our meals from it later.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 22-Oct-13 10:57:39

My 2yo loves rice too. A lot of the things mentioned here, egg fried rice, kedgeree, paella, risotto are her favourites. She also loves Nigella's Korean Keema.

I can find a few 'copies' of it online

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 22-Oct-13 11:01:18

Also we treat fried rice like dilidali. You can add whatever you have in the fridge. It's created to use up the leftover rice after all.

Below is a simple template for fried rice


You can create variations by adding curry pastes before the rice and fried it for a minute or two. I usually use red or green curry paste. But korean gochujang is also very very good. (If you can get to a chinese grocer, they'll have it. It's very popular though not well known in the UK).

My mum used to make a chicken and bacon risotto - and I still make it (though I have adapted the recipe a bit). To be perfectly honest, it isn't really a risotto, as you don't use risotto rice, or do all the ladling in of hot stock and stirring - it's really more of a savoury rice - but it is a firm family favourite - and I even had to email the recipe over to ds2, who has just started at university, so he could cook it for himself and his flatmates.

When I do it for us, I roast a whole small chicken, and use all the meat from it (but I generally have enough leftovers to do a couple of light lunches for me and a breakfast or two for dh) - so you can easily do it with the leftovers from a sunday roast chicken, which is what mum used to do.

Chicken and bacon' risotto'

Cooked chicken
Bacon lardons (or chopped up rashers - but lardons give a better flavour) - I use smoked.
Finely chopped onion - 1 or 2, depending on whether you are making one meal's worth, or industrial quantities as I do.
Rice - approx 100g per person - or just pour in what looks like the right amount, if you are me.
Chicken stock - approx 1 pint (more if you are doing a huge risotto)
Chopped parsley
Boiled eggs (approx 1 per portion).
Cooked peas (I use petit pois).

Put plenty of oil in a deep, wide pan, add the bacon and onions and soften gently - don't brown.

Add the rice, and turn so it is all coated in the oil, then cook gently until it is all browned nicely. Add the hot stock - it will spit and bubble so stand well back. Stir, turn down the heat a bit and let it cook gently until the rice is nearly done.

Add the cooked chicken, and let it heat through, then when the rice is cooked, add the parsley, chopped boiled eggs and peas, and let them heat through.

I think this is as tasty the next day, cold, with a sprinkling of seasalt, as it is hot, on the day it is cooked.

MissStrawberry Tue 22-Oct-13 12:04:47

OOh chicken and bacon. Yum. Thank you.

This morning I have written down all the food I have in the cupboard and freezer and I am currently writing down meals for us for the rest of the week using what I already have in. The kids eat at 5 and DH and I at 7 as he isn't home in time to eat with the children and they can't eat that late so I have 2 different meals each night most of the time.

I am going to go back through this thread to look again at all your suggestions and see what I can make with what I already have in and see if I can put off the food shop for even longer.

Thanks again wineflowers.

Mintyy Tue 22-Oct-13 12:18:07

I love rice! Much prefer rice to pasta.

I make a cheats paella for me and the dc (dh won't eat prawns).

Get a couple of handfuls of frozen peas out of the freezer to defrost.
Gently dry fry in a large casserole pan (like a le crueset) some cooking chorizo until the fat starts to run, brown slightly, remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Saute a red pepper cut up into thin strips in the oil until softened, add two large crushed cloves of garlic for the last couple of minutes of frying time. Then add a mug full of long grain rice and stir through the oil, a tsp of turmic or some saffron if feeling flush, two mugfuls of hot chicken stock made with a knorr cube, or veg stock would be fine, and generous grind of black pepper. Put lid on pan and cook gently until rice nearly done, adding the peas towards the end. You might need to add some more stock, water or white wine. Finish with a pack of large cooked king prawns (often half price in the supermarkets) and heat through. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and good squeeze of lemon juice before eating.

I forgot to say, in my recipe, whilst the rice is cooking, top it up with more boiling water if it is getting too dry and the rice isn't cooked yet.

Get those pre mixed space mixes - Mexican spices, Chinese 5 spice, jerk etc

I fry off onions and whatever veg is lying round in the spice mix, stir in cooked rice and pulses. Easy, quick and introducing new flavones

Risotto is always my go to as well tbh

I like the sound of using those spice mixes to flavour rice, AmericasTB - I will definitely give that a try - either as a dish in itself, or as an accompaniment. It would be nice if you threw in a bit of left-over cooked chicken or some prawns, I think.

MissStrawberry Wed 23-Oct-13 13:14:06

All good ideas again. Thank you.

I have more food in that I thought so it will be a couple of weeks before I have tried all these as I want to use up what I have and then start again, keeping a list on what I spend as looking at what I think I spend on food compared to the money I have there is a big discrepancy confused.

EldritchCleavage Wed 23-Oct-13 13:16:47

Meal planning works for me. I rarely throw food away-everything I buy is bought with a meal in mind, and used.

I meal plan too...and yes SDT def good with leftover meat too! One of my stle meals at yin was onions, chicken, green peppers stir fried in Chinese five spice, add coked rice, fry in raw egg til cooked. Or kidney beans, chickpeas and red peppers with Mexican spices amd ore cooked rice

I make life even easier by using a microwaveable rice steamer, it's amazing


Also a big fan of bulgar wheat (normally cook it in veg stock) and quinoa


Apologies for lack of proof reading!

MissStrawberry Wed 23-Oct-13 17:47:19

ATB I had a look at your link and thought I would buy it as I mostly use Uncle Bens 2 minute rice sachet for convenience and really shouldn't but it has been discontinued! Thanks anyway for the idea though, I am sure I will be able to get one from somewhere.

Do a Google search for "microwaveable rice steamer",.. Amazon more than likely to do it. Honestly it's brilliant, you don't even need to measure out rice and water, I normally do a Tablespoon per person of rice, pour boiling water to cover the rice and them some, if white normally cook 5mins then stir, check, and a few mins more. Brown rice I do more like 10-15mins and it normally needs another 5ish depending how much there is. But no stirring throughout or watching the pot, if you have water left over you life the inner section and it sieves away. Brilliant...and I steam veg in it too

ZoeZoeZoe Thu 14-Nov-13 00:16:50

Try my prawn and chorizo (and maybe chicken) rice : )


Bean chilli & rice. Just use an assortment of beans in place of the mince, and increase the amount of spices/garlic etc to flavour the beans up as they don't give out their own flavour like meat would. I also add quite a bit of finely grated veg (courgette, carrot, v small diced celery, onion, mushroom) to thicken up the sauce.

Lovely with some fresh diced tomato and a load of cheese on top. DD (aged 2) will devour it if I describe all beans as different types of chickpea grin "Ooh look DD, a kidney bean purple chickpea!"

mamij Thu 14-Nov-13 17:57:36

Have you tried orzo? It's technically a pasta (I think!) but looks like rice. We usually have it with smoked haddock and spinach.

Cook the orzo (leave a little bite to it) and drain.
Add garlic and onions to a pan and cook until softened.
Add orzo and some fish stock.
Add the smoked haddock and cover until almost cooked.
Add chopped up spinach and creme fraiche.
All the stock doesn't have to be absorbed, so that the end result can be a bit soupy (sounds horrible but tastes delicious!).

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