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Pea, Carrot and Cashew Pilau

Time to prepare: 1 hr 10 mins
Time to cook: 15 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan


  • 175g/6oz basmati rice, washed and soaked for 1 hour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 stick cassia bark (optional)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 green chilli (optional)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 carrot, cubed (1cm/½ inch cubes)
  • ½ cup peas
  • 10–12 cashew nuts, lightly fried
  • 330ml/12fl oz boiling water
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan. Add cumin seeds, cassia bark (if used), cloves and green chilli (if used) and fry for few seconds.
  2. Add onion and fry for 5 minutes until light brown.
  3. Add remaining spices, the rice, vegetables and cashews. Mix well. Pour in water, add salt and cover.
  4. Cook on high heat for 3–4 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until all water absorbed.
  5. Fluff up with fork and serve.


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