Chicken Akhni

Akhni is a rice dish made with potato and a chicken curry sauce and in this recipe, Maya shows us how easy it is to get this dish done all in one pot and in very little time.

Vegetable Biriyani

A comfort food that most of us adore equally may be the great BIRIYANI! Hehe! This is my first biriyani post on the blog. Yes i have some rice recipes but biriyani for the first time.

Aloo Matar Ki Tehri (Potato & Peas Pulao)

A traditional style of making Potato and Peas Pulao with few spices but with loads of flavors ideal to be served with any curry.

Fish Rice

This is such a flavorful rice with fried and boiled fish served on top. For this rice we all prefer the boiled fish more than fried one.

Peppery Jorenq Rice Parcels

And here is it. Rice behind the Scene! At first glance everyone assumed it to be a cake! Many guessed it as ghee cake or savory cake and it was fun! A great experience it was!

Kabseh (Middle Eastern Rice Dish)

This right here is one of my favorite Middle Eastern rice dishes. I love the taste of the aromatic spices that goes into it. It is also so simple to make. Yes every person may have their own way of making it. This is my mama’s way and we all love it.


Bibimbap is a Korean dish of rice, vegetables and a spicy sauce. A protein like mince is added as well as a fried or raw egg. Everything is assembled in a bowl and mixed through before eating.

Lemon Rice

A light and fluffy lemon rice that pairs perfectly with any seafood dish and could be enjoyed on its own as well.

Rice Salad

A perfect dish to be served as s side or as a snack on its own, makes for a lovely light meal.

Mushroom and Onion Rice

A delicious, hearty meal that can be prepared in under an hour. A dish that’s ideal for midweek on the dinner table.

Baked Maaloube

Maaloube is next level. Maaloube (or upside down rice) is a popular Middle Eastern rice dish which is filled with cauliflower and eggplant.

Green Akhni

Yet another take on this humble dish of curry and rice steamed together amd made even more delicious served with papads, spiced sourmilk and salads.

Brown Rice Salad with Basil Pesto

 A big plus to this dish is  that basil is rich in antioxidants, making this a fantastic dish to enjoy.

Rice Flour Khichu

Gujarat is known for its many snacks, but this is a treat to the palate even while being friendly to the stomach! This steamed rice flour street food is very famous in Gujarat.

Peri Peri Spicy Rice

This dish can be served as a side dish or as a starter. It is very tasty and best served hot.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is a commonly known street food in Indonesia and Malaysia, and it simply means fried rice. This tasty chicken Nasi Goreng has been adapted to our local Cape Town style with all the flavours of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Curry Kitchri Accompanied by Coconut Oil Savoury Rice

This is one of my absolute favourite dishes, and as a child my mom would make this special for me. This recipe is hers and today was a team effort, I made the Savoury Rice and she made the Curry Kitchri.

Tomato Pulao (Steamed Tomato Rice)

This tomato pulao (Steamed tomato rice) with cucumber raita feels like an indulgence without loading on the calories.

Pineapple Curry Fried Rice

Hubby said it was delicious THREE times while we were eating so I must have done something right.

Spanish Rice (Friday Lunch)

The week goes by so fast, Friday to Friday comes and it gets so hard to come with a new dish for lunch! This is my favorite rice dish and it’s super easy and quick to make. It’s defiantly different from the biryani or akni or dhal.


Kedgeree is a dish I’d wanted to make for a long time. I really don’t know why I didn’t. After cooking it, I realised it could also be a budget-friendly meal, if you can source your smoked or fresh fish for a good price of course.


There are many version of zarda depending on the region. Like in Iran rose water & saffron are the main flavors. While in mid-east you will find it flavored with Orange Blossom water & orange or lemon zest.

Vegetable Biryani

There are some dishes which do not require any explanation. Biryani is one of them. Dig in with your hands and just enjoy.

Palak Pulao / Spinach Pulao

Palak Pulao/Spinach Pulao is a one pot meal. Served with plain buttermilk. Palak Pulao is packed with nutrients and serves as delicious meal in a hurry.

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

If you enjoy Asian inspired flavours as much as I do, then this dish is definitely for you. It is quick and easy and is a sure family pleaser.

Aloo Poha/Batata Poha – Beaten Rice Flakes with Potatoes

The plus point of this meal is that it can be had at any time – breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner! It’s very light on the tummy and if you love potatoes, then that’s a good add-on here.

Majboos Dejaaj – Emirati Chicken Rice

Majboos is a pilaf like rice, but mildly spiced and highly flavorful. Each GCC country has their own variation, in fact which even changes from family to family but the basic essence of the dish is the same.

Vegetable Pulao

I know! Who could have thought that I would turn a meaty Pakistani classic vegetarian? Let alone vegan.

Creamy French Bean & Mushroom Risotto

Mushrooms are one of those foods that make me go yummm! No matter what dish it forms a part of. The different types are wonderful and lend themselves to the creation of such interesting dishes.

Rasiya Muthia

Rasiya Muthia is one of the most interesting ways to use leftover rice or khichdi. In this recipe no need to steam or fry Muthia separately, just make a gravy, add muthia in curry, cook it and ready for serve.

Mexican Rice/Baked Cheese & Mince Mexican Rice

Mexican rice is a complete meal on its own with the goodness of vegetables, cheese, meat and rice all cooked in one single pot.

Dhansak with Chickpeas

Dhansak is a Parsi dish and is usually made with mutton and chicken. Parsi is a small community in India. But their cuisine is rich and widely loved.

Thai Pineapple Rice

This Thai pineapple rice recipe is simple to make and so delicious. It can be served as an appetizer or a full course meal that makes for a great addition to any dinner party.

Iranian Rice/Irani Dill & Saffron Rice

If you have got a chance to taste Irani or Persian food, there is always a dish which really captures your attention – the Persian rice in different colors and flavors.

Stir Fry Saffron Pilaf with Sultanas

This Asian rice pilaf brings rice to a new level with it’s wonderfully savoury flavour and tastes amazing.

Lemon Chicken & Rice Dish

An incredible Chicken recipe with lemon rice – all made in one pot. Even the rice is cooked right in the same pan as the chicken!

Coconut Black Rice Pudding

A gorgeously fragrant and healthy rice pudding recipe, scented with coconut and topped with fresh mango slices, perfect for breakfast or dessert and screams of flavours from the exotic far east.

Prawns Curry and Spicy Rice

This is one of the first curries my granny taught me and it’s so easy to follow along and tastes amazing! Usually we have it with spaghetti or roti in case you wanted to pair it with something else.

Afgani Chicken Pilau (Friday Lunch)

Friday comes and goes so quickly these days, it’s so hard thinking of new rice dishes for Jumuah (Friday) Lunch. This is very similar to the Spanish Rice recipe I shared before.

Seeraga Samba Mutton Biryani / Thalapakattu Mutton Biryani

This Biryani is special because we are going to prepare this with Seeraga Samba Rice which is highly aromatic and the fiber content in the rice help to digest the food very easily.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice is a popular Indo-Chinese dish. This vegetable fried rice is quite easy to make at home. We are going to make this fried rice special by adding fried potatoes.

Mushroom Biryani Rice

Mushroom biryani (known as Kaalan Biryani in Tamil) is one of the delicacies of vegetarian cooking and this mushroom biryani recipe is one of my favorite recipes.

Ghee Rice/Nei Sadam

Ghee Rice is a simple yet delicious recipe which can be made under 30 minutes. This recipe is highly aromatic and flavorful because of the added ghee and whole spices.

Kuska/Plain Breyani

Kuska / Plain Breyani is a simple and easy rice recipe made without adding any meat or vegetables. Rice is flavored with whole spices and masalas which adds unique taste to the recipe.

Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice is a popular Indo-Chinese dish often had in most of the restaurants. This egg fried rice is quite easy to make at home and tastes amazing.

Bhat Biran Bangladeshi Fried Rice

Bhat Biran, translated as Fried Rice in English, is a comfort food and staple in every Bangladeshi household. Growing up it was the one dish that could easily be thrown together for breakfast or teatime.

Fried brown Rice With Chicken

A healthy take on a much-loved classic, this fried rice is totally customizable and a great way to use up leftover rice and odd bits of veggies.

Mom’s Cinnamon Rice

This flavourful cinnamon rice is the perfect complement to a cooked beef.

Half-Browned Rice

Making half-browned rice have become a tradition in my family. It’s also healthier than white rice so be sure to give it a try and serve it with your favourite dish.

Spiced Basmati Pilaf

This flavourful pilaf features aromatic basmati laced with sautéed onion, cardamom pods, cinnamon, and whole cloves.

Wholesome Mahshi: Peppers Stuffed With Brown Rice & Beef

Give it a go, it really is quite simple and straightforward to make. Mah-shi is a full meal in one, and all it needs on the side is a big salad.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is my comfort food on a cold and rainy night. Since Cape Malays very seldom use stock in their cooking, I’ve made this recipe both with stock and without, substituting the stock with water instead.

Cape Malay Akni

Often mistaken for a curried version of Biryani, Akni is in fact a richly fragrant dish which has a very distinctive taste derived from the spices like all spice pimentos, cloves and cinnamon.

Perdeli Pilau

Perdeli Pilau is a dish from Istanbul, which means rice in a veil or curtain. If you make one thing this week, try this!