Basmati Rice Salad with Chick Peas and Roasted Red Pepper, Lemon and Moroccan Spiced Dressing

Method

  1. For the rice, place the rice with the water into a suitable sized pan. Cover and bring to the boil. Simmer until cooked.
  2. After around 10-15 minutes, the water should have evaporated and you should be left with fluffy rice. Once cooked, refresh in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  3. Whilst the rice is cooking, place a pan onto the stove with a little oil. Once hot, place the shallots in the pan. Turn down the heat and allow to sweat gently on the heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the spices in with the shallots and allow to cook for a further 10-15 minutes.
  5. Place the chick peas with the shallots and spices in a suitable bowl with the drained rice, roasted peppers and coriander.
  6. For the dressing, place the mustard and honey into a bowl. Whisk in the wine vinegar until incorporated. Slowly whisk in the oil and then add the spices.
  7. Drizzle over the rice salad. Finish with a little natural yoghurt and serve with chicken or fish.