Cardamom Rice with Nuts

[adapted from recipe by my sister Jola]

This is very easy way of turning plain rice into fancy side dish, great for grilled meats and fish.


  • 2 cups easy cook basmati rice or other easy cook rice of your choice
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 tbs coconut milk powder or grated coconut – optional
  • about 8 green cardamom pods (peeled and crushed)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 8 tbs almond flakes or chopped pistachios

unusual fancy rice recipes


  • mortar and pestle to crush cardamoms


  1. Place rice, water, salt, crushed cardamoms and coconut milk powder in a pot and cook covered until all water is dissolved and rice is soft.
  2. Season to taste with salt.
  3. If you are using almond flakes toast them on frying pan until golden brown.
  4. Share the rice, sprinkle with almonds or pistachios.

Makes 4 servings.


Cardamom rice taste also good served with ready smoked mackerel.

Your thoughts…

  1. Sounds very interesting Margot like you said it would be lovely with fish – yum!

    sorry I haven’t been around for a week or so due to illness :sad: But lovely to catch up on all you creations :grin:

    Rosie x

  2. I love cardamom! This looks great – like a wonderful side dish that carries just a hint of the exotic.

  3. woowww…spices in the air. I always love cardamom, Margot.
    Must try this sometime.

  4. How much cardamom would you use if you were using cardamom seed/ground cardamom?

  5. Than you for all the comments.

    Desiree – After crushing 8 cardamoms in mortar I had about 1 tsp. I suspect that ground cardamom from the shop is much finer, so I guess about half a teaspoon would be good.

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