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Spicy Rice

Spicy Rice

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I know I haven’t been posting much. I promise I am trying to create new recipes but there’s just not enough time. For now you can make some of my Spicy Rice.

Spicy Rice

Disclaimer: If you don’t like stories keep scrolling, the recipe is at the end of the page…haha!

My 13-year-old is obsessed with spicy rice. Yesterday I made some fish and I knew if he came home he would ask if I made rice.

Being a mother and a wife is a full time job on its own. I have to squeeze in time for everything else.

Even though I wasn’t up to cooking rice, as I had cooked some veggies too, I had to keep my kids happy. It’s what mothers do, right?

I feel like I am that mother that doesn’t quite fit the description of doting mum or supermum.  I am a mother that’s always questioning my parenting skills.

It’s funny how we see so many perfect families on social media. Perfect couples with perfect kids.

If you’re someone with so many insecurities I guess that doesn’t help. Yes I am that insecure mum.

We have a blended family which can sometimes get complicated. But what is life without challenges.

I think I do my best as a mother. But as I said the picture perfect social media gets us questioning ourselves from time to time.

As mothers we do our best based on our circumstances. We raise our kids as best we can until they can fend for themselves.

Once they are adults what they choose to do or the path they choose to follow is up to them.I’m mentioning this because I see mums beat themselves for not being perfect mums.

So often when things go wrong with kids I hear people say “they weren’t raised right”.

Let me tell you there are many many parents that have done their best for their kids. All parents have hopes and dreams for their kids.

I don’t think any normal or sane parent would raise their kids to do wrong or follow the wrong path. 

If you’re a mum or dad struggling and questioning your parenting skills I just want you to know you’re not alone.

You’re doing your best so keep going, no matter what social media makes you believe.

Ingredients to make the rice

Basmati rice or any long grain rice you prefer. I used butter, few drops of oil, red pepper, carrots, peas, onion, garlic, oregano, chilli powder, paprika, turmeric, tomato paste and chicken stock

I tried to keep this recipe simple with basic pantry ingredients. The brand of basmati rice I use is the Maharani brand.

It’s the only one I use but feel free to use any rice you prefer.

How to cook the rice

Usually it is 1 part rice and 2 parts water. That’s how I’ve always cooked my rice and it turns out perfectly every time.

There are some rice that you may require less liquid. 

For this recipe I heat the butter with a few drops oil, to prevent burning. The onion, carrots, pepper and garlic is added to the pot and sautéed until translucent.

You then add the oregano, chilli powder, turmeric and tomato paste. The rice is added with the chicken stock, brought to a boil and then simmered until cooked. A few minutes before the end of cooking time you can add the peas

During the cooking process do not mix the rice. I only fluff the rice with a fork once it’s completely cooked.

I hope you give this rice a try, I promise it’s so good. When I first made this rice, my child opened the pot and he exclaimed “wow that looks so good and smells good too”.

Don’t think I saw anyone get that excited about rice. At least it confirms he has some South Indian blood in him…lol!

More Recipes to try:

Mexican Rice with Chicken

Delicious Spanish Rice and Chicken

One Pot Lemon Chicken and Rice

Spicy Rice

This rice is full flavoured and super delicious. Serve with any protein of your choice and you will be in heaven
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy rice recipe, indian recipes, spicy rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup/250ml basamati rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • few drops olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 1/2 red pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 knorr chicken stockpot
  • 2 cups hot water
  • salt only if required


  • Rinse the rice a few times until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside
  • Heat the butter and a few drops of oil in a pot. Add the onion, garlic, carrots and red pepper and saute until the onion is translucent
  • Add the chilli powder, paprika, turmeric, oregano and tomato paste. Mix well and cook for a few seconds
  • Add the rice. Mix the Knorr stockpot in the hot water and add to the rice.
  • Bring to a boil. Lower the temperature, cover the pot and allow to simmer on low heat until rice is cooked and all the water has been absorbed. This takes about 30 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking time add the peas. Mix it in gently just so it sinks into the rice a little
  • Allow the rice to stand for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork


  1. You can use any brand of basmati rice or long grain rice
  2. If you don't have Knorr stockpot you can use 1 teaspoon of stock powder 
  3. I prefer just one cup of stock if you are using liquid stock as I find most stock too salty. I also don't add salt to my rice unless I need it
  4. You can use a cup of frozen vegetable if you don't have the veggies mentioned in my recipe

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