Inspired by Jordan – Oven Baked Fragrant Rice with Crispy Chickpeas and a Parsley Lemon and Cucumber Sauce

Healthy, filling cheap and delicious! Try out this Jordanian Inspired Baked Rice…makes great lunch box left overs too!

Serves: 4 as a main course

Prep: 15 -20mins
Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients: For the rice – 2 cups of basmati rice, 1 white or brown onion (thinly sliced), 1 courgette (diced into small cubes), 1 garlic clove (thinly sliced/crushed), 1 tbsp. olive oil, 8 cherry tomatoes, veggie stock cube, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. dried thyme, 1 tsp, dried oregano, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, rind of 1/2 lemon

For the Crispy Chickpeas – can of chickpeas (400g before draining), 1 tsp. olive oil pinch of salt

For the Yogurt Sauce – 150g natural yogurt, small bunch of chopped parsley, 1/2 grated cucumber, juice of 1/2 a lemon, pinch of salt, grated/crushed clove of garlic.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200f
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a lidded oven proof pan, add to this the turmeric, thyme, oregano and sesame seeds
  3. Heat for a few minutes then add the garlic, onion and courgette and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  4. Add two cups of basmati rice, mix well then add 4 cups of water and mix in a veggie stock cube
  5. Pop the cherry tomatoes on top and the rind from 1/2 a lemon, turn off the heat, pop the lid on and cook in the oven for one hour
  6. While the rice is cooking prepare your chickpeas and make your yogurt sauce
  7. Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas and leave to one side to make sure they are without any excess water
  8. Combine all the ingredients for your yogurt, mix well and leave in the fridge until ready to use, adding salt to taste
  9. Mix the chickpeas with a little oil and a pinch of salt, place on a baking tray and 20mins before your rice is ready pop in the top of the oven
  10. After 20mins the chickpeas should be nice and crispy and the rice ready
  11. Assemble your dish by plating up the rice, adding the yogurt on top and scattering over the crispy chickpeas. The rice should have formed a nice crisp on the bottom of the pan so be sure you add this to your dish too
  12. Dig in!

600,000 Syrian people are currently living as refugees in Jordan, with around half of them children. Save The Children are working in Jordan to ensure that they are receiving food, protection and education. To find out more please visit:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/where-we-work/middle-east/jordan

And if you would like to have a look at my previous recipes for Syria please click on the links below:

Inspired by Syria – Garlicky Roasted Courgette and Carrot, Honey, Cumin and Pine Nut Dips

Syrian Inspired Aubergine Dip with Honey and Pistachios

Syrian Inspired Fruit Salad

Remember all recipes are created for you not only to enjoy, but to also raise awareness of the struggles these countries face on a daily basis, so if you would like to make a donation to Save The Children who are working everyday to support children around the World, please visit my just giving page by clicking the link Just Giving for more information.

Thanks x