Paprika and Cumin-Spiced Prawn Lunch Box Rice Salad

One for the lunch box! Protein-packed prawns can be pricey, so I often opt for the precooked frozen MSC-certified prawns or even change the prawns for some chicken, which I shred up with a fork for this recipe. This is extra lovely when topped with some fresh mango or avocado, too. serves 4 

2 tbsp butter 

225g brown long-grain or basmati rice 

1 red onion, finely chopped

 2 large tomatoes, cut into small cubes 

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock 

250g raw, peeled MSC-certified king prawns, or precooked frozen prawns

 5 slices of jalapeño pepper (from a jar, look for a sugar-free brand), roughly chopped (optional) 

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin 

1 tsp dried oregano 

Leaves from ½ bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped (optional)

 Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to serve

 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges 

Put 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large sauté pan over a high heat and add the rice. Cook it for about 3–4 minutes, moving it from time to time so that all the rice gets a chance to be in contact with the bottom of the pan.

 The rice should turn golden brown and a little crispy. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and cook for 2–3 more minutes, stirring the pan from time to time. Add the tomato and garlic and cook for 1 minute. 

Add the stock (it should come to about 1.5cm above the top of the rice –add a little more if necessary). It’s usual to cook rice in water, but stock will make this taste extra nice. 

Then cook it for as long as it says on the packet. Five minutes before the rice is ready, put the remaining tablespoon of butter in a medium frying pan over a high heat. Once hot, add the raw or precooked prawns, slices of jalapeno (if using), paprika, cumin and oregano along with a pinch of salt. 

Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring regularly, until the prawns turn pink and are cooked through (if you are using raw prawns). Once the rice is ready, drain if necessary. Then add the cooked prawns to it along with the coriander (if using). Season to taste and serve with a lemon wedge.

 Tip Add some mango or avocado!
Big love
Lorraine xxx

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