29 November 2015

Arabian nutty rice

This recipe has recently become one of my favourites. It's a spicy Arabian nutty rice, a Saudi Arabian national dish, and I found the recipe in A Lebanese Feast of Vegetables, Pulses, Herbs and Spices by Mona Hamadeh (p. 196-197). It's quite a simple yet very tasty recipe. 

I altered the recipe in the book slightly, so here's my version of it. Actually when I made this for the first time I accidentally doubled the amount of the spices, but even that didn't seem to hurt.


350 g rice
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp Lebanese spice mix
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
100 g almond flakes
50 g cashew nuts
30 g pine nuts


First of all some of this Lebanese spice mix is needed that I have previously posted.

Soak the rice in water for at least 30 minutes.

Chop the onion, garlic, carrots and bell pepper.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and start cooking the chopped onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes and add the carrots and pepper. Then also add the spices.

Drain the rice and add it to the pan, cover with water and simmer under the lid.

In the meanwhile toast the nuts and almonds in a frying pan with a little oil.

Once the rice has cooked, add the nuts to the dish and enjoy!

Your VegHog


  1. I will try this rice, sounds yummy, I've gone vegan for a month only since last week,the headaches are gone now, the cheese craving is still present, apart of that I think I am doing well.

    1. Well done you! It's sometimes nice to have vegan breaks, I'm sure that you'll be fine without cheese. :) Let me know how you like this dish, it's a very nice side, but can also be had on its own.


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