Classic Rice Dishes

Caribbean Pigeon Peas and Rice

Pigeon peas

Traditionally, this is made with pigeon peas —cute, round, and tan, also known as gungo peas or gandules. They’re a staple in markets with big Latin and Caribbean communities. If you can’t find them, no worries, use red beans — another island favorite. No harm will be done. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled — it’s bright and refreshing either way. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Saffron Fruited Rice

Saffron Fruited Rice

This rice dish, made with aromatic brown Basmati rice, fresh apple, dried fruits, and sweet seasonings, is a perfect companion to curried vegetable dishes. It gets its bright yellow color from saffron, but you can substitute turmeric for a similar effect. more→

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Hoppin’ John (Rice and Black-Eyed Peas)

Vegan Hoppin' John southern recipe

Here’s a vegan rendition of a classic southern dish known as Hoppin’ John, featuring black-eyed peas and rice, often served on New Year’s Day for good luck.. Sometimes, a few coins are mixed in, and finding one in your helping brings good luck. Cooking up a big batch of Hoppin’ John seems like an appealing choice for New Year’s Day, though personally, I can pass on incorporating the metallic flavor of coins. Serve with coleslaw, garlicky greens, and cornbread. Adapted fromVegan Holiday Kitchen. more→

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Creole Orange Rice

Clementines

Here’s a light and lilting rice old New Orleans side dish, abounding with a symphony of citrus notes  — orange juice, orange zest, and tiny orange sections. more→

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Wild Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Almonds

Wild rice pilaf with spinach and almonds

Filled with earthy flavors, this wild and brown rice pilaf, enlivened with lots of spinach and parsley, is welcome as a side dish for everyday meals as well as special occasions. more→

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Mexican Rice

Mexican rice recipe

Mexican Rice is a traditional accompaniment to tortilla specialties of the Southwest. The secret of this savory rice is that it is sautéed before the cooking water is added. more→

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Fruited Basmati Rice

Fruited basmati rice

Aromatic brown Basmati rice, sweet fruits, and crunchy nuts make a lovely counterpoint to spiced curry dishes. Look for brown Basmati in the bulk sections of natural foods stores, or in the international aisle of large supermarkets. You can try the domestic variant, called Texmati. more→

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Pineapple Rice Pudding

Brown rice in spoon

Kids of all ages can enjoy this updated comfort food — rice pudding —as a snack or dessert, or even as an offbeat lunch box offering, packed in a thermos. This version is made with brown rice, almond milk, and for extra fruity flavor, crushed pineapple. more→

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