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Vegan Curried Rice with Raisins, Cilantro and Chickpeas

This vegan curried rice with raisins, cilantro and chickpeas is so quick and easy to make, nutritious and delicious. Steamed rice infused with curry powder and turmeric, raisins for a bit of sweetness, cilantro for freshness, green onion for crunch and chickpeas for protein make this one super side dish or main.

This is a beautifully fragrant dish that will definitely make your neighbours jealous with the wonderful smells wafting from your kitchen.

Vegan curried rice with raisins, cilantro and chickpeas is a simple and delicious dish that can be served as a side or main. This is a beautifully fragrant dish that will definitely make your neighbours jealous with the wonderful smells wafting from your kitchen.

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This curried rice recipe is (yet another) adapted from The Chinese Vegan Kitchen, aka, my bible (I love Chinese food, especially when it’s vegan J), and its original title is “Tibetan-Style Curried Rice with Golden Raisins, Ginger and Cilantro”.

If you’re like me and ignorant about Tibetan cuisine, then Tibetan staples like potatoes, dairy and barley aren’t usually what you imagine when you think of Chinese cuisine.

If you’re interested in knowing more, Serious Eats has an informative introduction to Tibetan cuisine by Joe DiStefano which notes that:

So while many think Tibetan food looks Chinese—no doubt because of the prevalence of noodles and the use of     chopsticks—its iconic flavors have more in common with the cultures and cuisines of the neighboring states of Bhutan, Nepal, and regions of northern India like Sikkim, Ladakh, and Lahaul. In addition to aromatics like ginger, garlic, coriander, and green onion, the Tibetan kitchen employs spices like turmeric, black pepper, fenugreek, and kala jeera (black cumin), which is used to season everything from the spicy beef tripe dish known as dropa khatsa to potatoes.

So that explains a lot about the flavour profile of this vegan curried rice recipe.

Vegan curried rice with raisins, cilantro and chickpeas is a simple and delicious dish that can be served as a side or main. This is a beautifully fragrant dish that will definitely make your neighbours jealous with the wonderful smells wafting from your kitchen.

Turmeric is trending this year, apparently. According to the 2016 Google Food Trends Report, searches for turmeric have risen 300% over the last five years.

It’s purported to be one of these new fangled “superfoods” meant to cure everything and more and more people are searching for turmeric recipes. Apparently turmeric lattes are now a thing.

For me, the least weird and most delicious way to consume turmeric is in curries and has the added benefit that turmeric powder has the highest concentration of the active ingredient curcumin.

I have loads of recipes with turmeric powder on the blog if you’re interested in exploring this spice further: Chickpea Curry, Pumpkin Curry, Indian-Spiced Potatoes and Zucchini.

Vegan Curried Rice with Raisins, Cilantro and Chickpeas

Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side

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  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup long-grain rice such as basmati
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (it shouldn´t be spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions or a handful of chives, chopped
  • 400 grams (14 oz) drained and rinsed chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  1. Rinse the rice a couple of times in cold water and strain.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, combine the stock, raisins, ginger, oil, turmeric, curry powder and salt to a boil. Add the rice, reduce the heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook for the length of time indicated on the rice package.
  3. Once the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender, remove the pot from the heat and stir through the green onions or chives and the chickpeas. Recover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover, stir through the cilantro and serve.
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    Trish
    July 25, 2016 at 11:13 am I made this last night to accompany a main. I wish I just had of made this as a main instead!! Whole family loved this!! Seriously wonderful flavor. Husband begged me to make this often. Incredibly easy and quick to throw together. Thank you for another awesome recipe!
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      Melissa
      July 26, 2016 at 11:16 am Thanks for your kind words Trish. I agree that this rice is so fragrant and flavourful that it makes a great main, but do you have any ideas of what kind of dish it could work with as a side?
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        Trish
        July 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm I paired this with a sticky cauliflower recipe. Not sure how well that worked but no one complained :) I think the rice should be paired with something simple and neutral tasting as the rice really is the showstopper here. Thanks again for a fab recipe!
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    Barbara V
    December 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm What a delicious recipe! We're enjoying it as a main dish. I'm glad I doubled it so we have leftovers!
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      Melissa
      December 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm Great! So glad you enjoyed it!
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    Kjersten
    April 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm Thank you for the excellent recipe - quick, easy - and tasty! We made this with brown jasmine rice in our rice cooker! So simple! We all liked it except my daughter was not sure what to think of the raisins. The rest of us liked the raisins. I think one could sub diced mango for raisins but that would add a bit more moisture. Perhaps add those toward the end or maybe use a firmer mango? Just a thought. Thank you for this recipe. Will definitely make this one regularly.
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      Melissa
      April 24, 2017 at 10:19 am Yum, mango is a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to let me know how it turned out for you!
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    Kayla
    July 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm What purpose does the oil serve? Would leaving it out make huge difference? Thanks!
    • Reply
      Melissa
      July 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm You could probably leave it out without a huge difference.

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