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    John Gregory-Smith's Broad bean and dill rice

    This simple bean and herb pilaf is flecked with dried barberries: tiny vibrant red fruits that give the dish a deliciously sweet-sour tang.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus standing
    • Cooking time: 25 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes, plus standing

    Serves: 4-6


    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    300g basmati rice
    700ml fresh vegetable stock
    130g frozen broad beans
    25g dried barberries
    20g pack dill, finely chopped
    25g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves chopped
    25g toasted flaked almonds


    1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes until golden. Tip in the rice and mix well to coat everything in the oil.

    2. Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 11-14 minutes or until the stock has been completely absorbed by the rice. Take off the heat. Remove the lid and cover the pan with a clean tea towel. Leave to stand for 5 minutes for the rice to fluff up. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil and simmer the broad beans for 3-4 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water, then slip off the outer skins.

    3. Tip the broad beans, barberries and ½ the herbs into the rice. Add a good pinch of salt; mix gently with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish, then scatter over the almonds and remaining herbs. Serve immediately.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, May 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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