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Savory Rice with Peas and Cashews

Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Notes: At least 3 hours or up to 2 days ahead, in a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine 2 1/2 cups rinsed and drained basmati or long-grain white rice and 4 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until most of the water is absorbed, 6 to 8 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat until rice is tender to bite, 8 to 10 minutes more. Pour rice onto a tray and let cool, then cover and chill until cold. To use, break grains apart with your fingers.


  • 3 tablespoons salad oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 onion (about 3/4 lb.), peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 fresh jalapeño chilies (1 1/2 to 2 oz. total), stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 12 fresh curry leaves (optional)
  • 9 cups cold cooked basmati or long-grain white rice (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup unsalted or salted roasted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

  • calories 317
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • protein 6.1 g
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • sodium 155 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Set a 5- to 6-quart pan or 14-inch wok over medium-high heat. Add oil, mustard seed, and cumin seed.

  2. When the seeds begin to pop, in 2 to 3 minutes, stir in the onion, chilies, turmeric, and curry leaves. Stir often until the onion is limp, about 4 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low. Add rice, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and sugar. Stir until rice is evenly colored yellow. Sprinkle with lime juice and mix well. Cover and stir occasionally until rice is hot, 6 to 10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Transfer to a platter.

  4. Sprinkle rice mixture with cashews and cilantro. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.