• By: OLM Staff

One-pot spicy vegetable rice recipe that will blow your mind

There’s no news, rice is a very versatile ingredient and, also, really inexpensive. It is present in many cuisines all over the world, no matter how different the countries' cultures are. And this says a lot.

There are numerous varieties of rice that can pair very well with different dishes. If you want to make, for example, an easy coconut rice recipe, you may use Jasmine rice. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a tasty fried rice recipe, you should consider using Basmati rice.

What are their differences?

As it is well-known, rice is a very rich source of carbohydrates, a healthy staple that can be combined with fiber, protein or dairy products.

However, depending on the type of rice we choose, we can find different characteristics.

  • Jasmine rice, for instance, has a unique aroma and a really soft, fluffy texture.
  • Brown rice, on the other hand, is really low in calories and high in fiber.
  • Basmati rice is characterized for its nutty flavor and it is also more aromatic than typical white rice.

So, as it can be noticed, rice can have different flavors, textures, aromas and nutrients.

Which one is the chosen one today?

Today’s pick is Jasmine rice. With its sweet and enticing aroma, this soft rice variety is ideal to enhance any recipe flavor. What’s more, each serving of Jasmine rice contains only 160 calories. Quite healthy!

If you haven’t tried this rice variety yet, I bet that when you do, you are going to fall in love with it.

Let’s see what it is about

If you were looking for a tasty and simple recipe, let me tell you that you’ve found it!

This one-pot spicy vegetable rice dish is going to become your favorite mid-week dinner and you are going to be so grateful to have learnt to cook it!

What you'll need

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • 1 onion.
  • 3 carrots.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 2 bell peppers.
  • 1 cup of frozen peas.
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes.
  • 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
  • 1 cup of uncooked Jasmine rice.
  • 2 ½ cups of water.

What you are going to do

  1. To begin with, try to chop the onion, the carrots, the garlic and the bell peppers before starting to cook to save some time.
  2. Then, take a large pan and place it over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat it through.
  3. After that, sauté the onions for a while and add the carrots, the garlic and the bell peppers. Continue cooking for a few minutes.
  4. The next step is to add the rice, the tomatoes, the peas, the ground turmeric and the red pepper flakes, and season everything with paprika.
  5. Finally, add the water and cook everything until the liquid starts bubbling. Stir well, turn the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid and cook it until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir it occasionally and serve it. Enjoy!

Cook’s tips

  • If, when the water is absorbed, the rice isn’t tender enough, you should add ¼ cup of additional water.
  • You can add as many spices as you desire. Remember that cooking is about being creative. So, don’t be afraid of adding your personal touch to the recipe and making it your own.
  • If you are a spicy food lover, add a few drops of Tabasco sauce to heat the dish up.

Final words

This recipe truly has everything: you are going to need simple ingredients that you surely have in your kitchen, it will take you no longer than 30 minutes to be ready and it is completely delicious.

If you have already tried Jasmine rice, you know what I am talking about. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Here you have the perfect recipe to start getting to know one of the most flavorful rice varieties you may find in the world.

You –and your mouth– will be delighted after preparing this dish, and all your friends and family will want to know your secret! Share it with them and make them even happier by teaching them this easy and tasty recipe.

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