We love trying new things to make grains more exciting, and this coconut basmati rice with peanuts, fresh peas, and pea tendrils is exactly the kind of thing we can’t resist. I had a dish similar to this at a wedding last year, and I’ve been waiting for peas to be in season again so we could try it out ourselves!
The dish that inspired this recipe included fresh coconut and it was incredible, but we know coconut can be a controversial ingredient so we opted for coconut cream in our version.
2 cups dry basmati rice, rinsed
1/2 lb sprouted peas
1/4 – 1/2 lb pea tendrils
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1-14 oz can coconut cream
2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
2 tbsp olive oil
1. In a large pot or dutch oven, saute the minced garlic in olive oil for 2 – 3
2. Add the rice, peas, water and coconut cream and cook rice according to package directions (approximately 15 to 20 minutes).
3. In a separate pan, wilt pea tendrils with peanuts in olive oil.
4. Remove rice from heat and stir in the pea tendrils and peanuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a serving bowl.