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Cashew, Coconut & Carrot Rice

Safia Shakarchi

When I’m in Oman I eat a lot of carrot rice. Every aunt seems to make it just to be that little bit extra – BUT it’s sooo good! When I’m with my grandmother we always eat coconut rice, which again is the Zanzibari way of elevating plain rice and being that bit extra. However, it is also delicious! So I decided that I love them both so much that I would combine them and it really is the best of both worlds.

Note, if you can’t source the powder, then sub tinned coconut milk for the water.

Serves: 6-8

Season: Autumn/Year-Round


330g white basmati rice
330g water
3 medium carrots, grated
100g cashews
40g coconut milk powder


1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground ginger
Olive oil, for frying
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish
Coriander, to garnish


  1. Begin by sautéing the cashews in some olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan, cooking just until they begin to brown.

  2. Add in the carrots and spices, and fry off for about 5-8 minutes until the carrots begin to soften.

  3. Add in the coconut, followed by the water and bring to the boil.

  4. Once it reaches boiling point, add in the rice and give it a good stir. Reduce the temperature down to the lowest setting, place a lid on top and leave till rice is cooked (about 20 mins). If your rice needs more time or water, adjust accordingly.

  5. Serve on a big platter whilst hot, garnished with a generous sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and some coriander.

— about the author

Born and raised in the UK to an Omani & Zanzibari family, Dina has constantly been surrounded by an eclectic mix of food. Her cooking is heavily influenced by her Middle Eastern background and particularly by Oman’s geographical position along with it’s maritime history, allowing Dina to combine the best of Asian spices, with the colours of Iran, home comforts of the Middle East & Africa along with the delicate touch of the West. Alongside this Dina’s British upbringing with her travels reflects a lot within her hybrid creations.


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