Spiced Tuna Rice

A quick fix rice dish made with tinned tuna, to save the day…

 

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I know that many a times, rice isn’t a part of dinner meals, but I find rice as one of the easiest options when it comes to cooking quick fix meals. Especially during Ramadan, I cook rice for dinner as it saves a lot of time and is filling as well. That is what made me decide to post this super simple recipe as the second post for this week’s Blogging Marathon #132 theme of “Fast Dinners under 30 minutes”.

 

Tuna is something that I keep at home always, even though my folks aren’t very fond of it. I tell them, I need some respite from not having to think who likes what before cooking anything. It can be literally frustrating, isn’t it? 😕 Anyway, there are times when we make toasties or a simple stir fry to go with store bought khubs for dinner. Now I am going to add this one to my list too. It is one of the easiest meals that I have ever made. I cooked the rice on one side and when it was almost done, I made the tuna masala on the other side, mixed it together and let it steam for the flavors to mingle. I was so glad that my girls really loved it and I hardly had any leftovers. Rasha said I should make this frequently – a huge compliment from an awfully picky teenager. 😀 Off to this simple recipe…

 

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5 from 3 votes

Spiced Tuna Rice

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda AR

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tins tuna chunk 170 gm approx, in water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves minced

Instructions

  • Wash and drain the rice.
  • In a saucepan, heat lot of water with little oil and salt. Once boiled, add the drained rice and cook till el dente, around 7-9 minutes. Drain and reserve.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan, heat the oil/ghee. Splutter the cumin seeds and briefly fry the ginger garlic paste.
  • Add the onion with a little salt and saute till wilted.
  • Drain the tuna and add into the pan. Break the chunks using the spatula.
  • Add in the turmeric and red chilli powders and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add in the cooked rice, toss lightly. Sprinkle the garam masala and the coriander leaves on the top.
  • Tightly close the lids with foil or cloth, to avoid steam from escaping. Keep the flame on bare minimum and allow it to be on dum for 5 minutes.
  • Switch off and keep undisturbed for another five minutes.
  • Fluff up and serve hot with raita and achaar.

Notes

I have used tuna in water. This is best to avoid any additional oil in the dish. 

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  1. Never tasted Tuna, but the dish looks so nice and flavorful.

  2. 5 stars
    I am not a big fan of tuna and but this quick dinner idea stole my heart. Nice was flavorful and loved this quick dinner with canned tuna.

  3. 5 stars
    Well , a quick fix is always welcome , glad Rasha enjoyed the meal , which means it was a good one !

  4. pleasing a picky child is a big win!.

  5. 5 stars
    As you say, rice is also not our regular dinners..however, it is so handy when we plan for a party menu right..and this one is a delicious one for tuna lovers!..very nicely presented.

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and quick fix tuna rice.. Love this version !!

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