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How can I make rice more interesting?

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FelixFelix Sat 04-Jul-15 19:07:07

We are having a BBQ tonight. DP is doing pork chops and Cumberland swirls in the smoker. Due to go shopping tomorrow so don't have loads in. I was thinking of doing some sort of rice to go with it but can't think of how to jazz it up a bit.

I have loads of different spices in the cupboard, also the usual onions & garlic. Not a lot in the way of veg apart from peas & sweetcorn. I also have tinned tomatoes, passata and coconut milk.

Any good ideas of what I can do with it?

TheColdDoesBotherMeAnyway Sat 04-Jul-15 19:13:39

Have you got saffron? Mix a pinch with some hot vegetable stock, fry the rice with some olive oil until translucent and then add stock a ladle at a time like a risotto. Season as needed and add whatever takes your fancy.

JillBYeats Sat 04-Jul-15 19:17:29

Peas, toasted pine nuts and grated parmesan - cook the rice in stock.
or Cashew nuts, peas and chopped coriander

ilovehotsauce Sat 04-Jul-15 19:18:27

Lime and coriander? Sweet chilli? ( a bit chavy but tasty) kidney beans and coconut milk (rice and peas?)

piechuck Sat 04-Jul-15 19:23:44

A few drops of piri piri sauce, fried onions and peppers, then add some frozen sweet corn. Goes perfectly with BBQ sausage!

FelixFelix Sat 04-Jul-15 19:29:49

Thanks for the ideas! No nuts or anything like that in. Same with kidney beans (annoyingly as I usually always have some in the cupboard). We've got a hoard of condiments and various hot sauces though as DP is obsessed. Didn't think of using them!

Dancingqueen17 Sat 04-Jul-15 20:07:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FelixFelix Sat 04-Jul-15 22:50:31

Missed the chavvy sweet chilli comment grin Luckily I went for onion, garlic and coriander to save my street cred.

JamNan Sun 05-Jul-15 11:06:10

I know it's too late but you could try koshary next time. It's lovely.

BrianButterfield Sun 05-Jul-15 11:07:24

A really easy thing is to chuck a stock cube in the cooking water and a handful each of peas and sweet corn, tasty and child-friendly too!

TwinTum Sun 05-Jul-15 11:09:45

We like rice with some pesto stirred in.

FelixFelix Sun 05-Jul-15 11:14:39

Ooh I've saved the koshary recipe as it looks lovely, thank you. Also never thought of pesto with rice! I think we will start eating rice more now grin

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