Red Curry Rice with Raisins and Cashews is an easy meal that packs a flavor punch and is ready in minutes. Add some cooked chicken or scrambled eggs to add extra protein to this spicy hot fried rice dish.
Yep, you are reading this right. We are cooking with Curry again! And…wait for it…another vegetarian meal! If you are wondering what is going on, let me just say that I am not a vegetarian, we eat pretty much anything at our house. But, I am making an effort to add or take away ingredients to make each dish healthier.
I am sure I have tons of company for one of the items on my to-do list this year – eat less meat and more grains and vegetables. The reason for all the healthy talk is something that I haven’t shared with you before. I have an infant grandson (who is my heart) that I care for all day while his parents are working. I want to continue being an active Gran, so healthy eating is one of the first changes I am making to my lifestyle.
The Red Curry has a little more heat than the “regular” curry powder I am used to, but it’s all good. You may be wondering about the pale yellow color instead of the rich yellow that curry rice usually has. That is because the Red Curry powder used for this recipe is McCormick’s brand and contains less Tumeric than others.
Here is the handy printable recipe! Enjoy!Print
1 TBSP olive oil, plus additional 1 TBSP as needed
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 TBSP red curry powder
2 cups Basmati rice, uncooked
3 cups water
1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1 TBSP for garnish
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until onions are translucent.
Stir in red curry powder, then add in rice and toast, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add in water and salt, stir and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, additional 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Stir in raisins, cashews and cilantro.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.
Note – for less heat, traditional curry powder may be substituted for red curry powder.
Note – unsalted butter can be substituted for the olive oil