One-Pot Homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice

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Easy one-pan homemade Nando’s style spicy rice that you can make in under 30 minutes in your kitchen. Check this simple and delicious spicy rice recipe that you can add to your weekly meal plan.

This recipe can get you handy when you want to take your favorite takeaway from the Nando’s Restaurant, but because of the lockdown, you can’t go out.

If you have all the needed ingredients, why not cook it yourself?

Just follow this easy recipe, and you will be bringing Nando’s spicy rice to your home.

Homemade nando's spicy rice on a dark plate on white table

It is very easy to make, cheap on ingredients and it will take you less than 30 minutes. All you will need are some simple ingredients like long-grain rice, onions, bell pepper, green peas, and some spices.

The best thing about Nando’s Spicy Rice, you can serve it as a low-fat side dish or as a part of salad, wraps, casserole, you name it! Also, if you like rice, check our simple pumpkin risotto.

What I also love about this recipe, it’s so easy to make and it’s not time-consuming at all. You can actually save a lot of time throughout the week. Make a huge pan of rice at once, and then use it with anything you can find in your fridge during the week. It will go with just about anything!

Homemade nando's spicy rice on a dark plate on white table

You should remember, though, Nando’s Spicy Rice will definitely burn your tastebuds. I personally love that, but I wouldn’t necessarily serve it to the guests if I wasn’t sure they can handle it.

But on the better side, you can actually regulate the spice to your preference. That makes the dish more personalized, isn’t it great?

I hope you’re as excited as I am, so get your ingredients out and let’s get started!

Why you will love this Nando’s Spicy Rice?

  • It’s very easy to make.
  • It will take you less than 30 minutes.
  • It’s a one-pot dish. You don’t need to clean a mountain of dirty dishes after.
  • You can adjust the recipe as your family prefers. Add your favorite spices.
  • It will save you time & money.

What Ingredients do you need for Homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice:

Ingredients for a homemade nando's spicy rice on white table.
  • 2 cups of long-grain rice.
  • 4 cups of water.
  • 1 Bell Pepper.
  • 1 Onion.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves.
  • 1 1/5 cups of Frozen Green Peas.
  • 2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder.
  • 2 teaspoons of Paprika.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Diced Red Pepper.
  • 2 teaspoons of Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of Olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

How to Make the Nando’s Spicy Rice at Home:

Pour a little bit of oil into the pan and warm it up. (The spices need to sizzle when you will put them into the pan.) After you warmed up the oil, add all the spices into the pan.

Condiments for a homemade nando's spicy rice.

When you will start to smell the spices, add the onion and chopped garlic into the pan.

Chopped onion with condiments for nando's spicy rice

Cook the onion and garlic for about 2 minutes.

Fried onion with condiment for nando's spicy rice.

After that, add the bell pepper into the pan, and cook it for another 2 minutes.

Vegetables for homemade nando's spicy rice

Now, it’s the time to add the rice to the pan.

Rice with vegetable for a homemade nando's spicy rice.

Now, we need to add the green peas. If it is the season, use fresh peas. If not – you can use the frozen peas.

Adding frozen green peas in the homemade nando's spicy rice.

Now it’s time for the salt. For now, add only 2 teaspoons of salt. At the end you will adjust the salt to your taste.

Adding salt in the homemade nando's spicy rice.

Add 4 cups of water or if you prefer a more intense taste, you can replace the water with vegetable or meat broth.

Adding water in the homemade nando's spicy rice.

When the rice starts to boil, cover with a lid and simmer the rice for 15 minutes.

After that, turn off the heat and leave the rice under the lid for about 5 minutes.

Grean peas with bell pepper and tomatoes for nando's spicy rice.

After that, take a fork and mix well the rice. Our Spicy rice in the Nando’s style is ready to be served.

Homemade nando's spicy rice on a dark plate on white table

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Homemade nando's spicy rice in a big bowl.

One-Pot Homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice


  • Author: Victoria
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

Easy one-pan homemade Nando’s style spicy rice that you can make in under 30 minutes in your kitchen. Check this simple and delicious spicy rice recipe that you can add to your weekly meal plan.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of long-grain rice.
  • 4 cups of water.
  • 1 Bell Pepper.
  • 1 Onion.
  • 2 Garlic cloves.
  • 1 1/5 cups of frozen green peas.
  • 2 teaspoons of Garlic powder.
  • 2 teaspoons of Paprika.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of diced red pepper.
  • 2 teaspoons of Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of Olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.

Instructions

1. Warm the oil and add the spices into the pan.

2. When you will start to smell the spices, add the onion and chopped garlic into the pan. Cook them for about 2 minutes.

3. After that, add the bell pepper into the pan and cook it for another 2 minutes.

4. Wash well the rice 4-5 times and add it to the pan.

5. Add the green peas. If it is the season, use fresh peas. If not – you can use the frozen peas.

6. Add only 2 teaspoons of salt for now. In the end, you will adjust the salt to your taste.

7. Add 4 cups of water or if you prefer a more intense taste, you can replace the water with vegetable or meat broth.

8. When the rice starts to boil, cover with a lid and simmer the rice for 15 minutes.

9. After that, turn off the heat and leave the rice under the lid for about 5 minutes.

10. After that, take a fork and mix well the rice. Our Spicy rice in the Nando’s style is ready to be served.


Notes

1. When you will add the spices in the beginning, it’s important to start with spices that are coarsely crushed, and step-by-step to gradually add the spices that are crushed finner and finner. In that way, you will avoid burning the spices.

2. It is important to wash the rice well in 4-5 waters until the water in which you wash it will be transparent. This will prevent the rice from sticking during cooking because we have washed off all the excess starch.

3. In the end, after you will turn off the heat, don’t remove the lid all this time because you will lose all the steam and the rice will not be prepared as we needed.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Portuguese-African

Nutrition

  • Calories: 241 cal

Keywords: long grain rice, red pepper, green peas, side dishes, under 30 minutes recipe

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