You guys seemed to really enjoy the one pot vegetarian chilli and rice bake I shared a couple of months back (was it really that long ago?!), and I don't blame you. Vegetarian chilli and rice, complete with cheesy topping, all cooked in one big dish - what could be bad about that? There's not even any pre-cooking required - throw all the raw ingredients (including uncooked rice!) into a dish, and stick it in the oven. An easy dinner that's full of goodness.
A lovely reader suggested I make a curry version, which I thought was a brilliant idea - so this one pan chickpea curry and rice bake was born. A simple vegetable and chickpea curry with rice, all cooked up in one pan. Simples.
If you ever have any ideas for recipes that you'd love to see, please do let me know - I'm always happy to oblige!
As with the chilli bake, this chickpea curry and rice bake involves no pre-cooking at all - you only need to spend a couple of minutes chopping vegetables, and it's ready to go into the oven. I used mushrooms, a red onion, and a red pepper, along with a tin of tomatoes to help cook the rice, but you can switch up the veg if you like. Just remember that if you do go off-piste, and you use any particularly hard veg (carrots, for example), you may need to do a little bit of (shock horror) pre-cooking first.
After an hour or so in the oven, you'll have perfectly cooked rice and soft veggies - it's a bit like a biryani really. Just scoop it out onto a plate, top it with some fresh coriander (cilantro), and dinner is sorted.
This chickpea curry and rice bake doesn't have a cheesy topping like my chilli bake did, so you may decide it needs a little something extra on the side to add a bit of interest. Here I added a dollop of plain yogurt, but some raita or a dollop of mango chutney would both work really well too! And don't forget a few poppadoms for scooping.
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One pan chickpea curry and rice bake
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- 150 g (~ ⅔ cup) uncooked long-grain white rice
- 5 medium mushrooms, diced fairly small
- 400 g tinned tomatoes (~ 1 ⅓ cups)
- 400 g tin chickpeas, drained (240g, or ~ 1 ¼ cups, when drained)
- 1 bell pepper, diced (I used red)
- 1 red onion, diced
- 2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Black pepper
- 150 ml (generous ½ cup) vegetable stock
- To serve: fresh coriander (cilantro), and a dollop of plain yogurt, raita or mango chutney (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- Add all of the ingredients to a large baking dish (mine measured around 11 x 9 inches), and mix thoroughly. Remember the rice will expand as it cooks, so make sure the mixture doesn't completely fill the dish at this stage.
- Cover the dish with foil, and bake for around an hour, or until the rice is fully cooked.
- Serve with fresh coriander (cilantro), and a dollop of plain yogurt, raita or mango chutney, if desired.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.