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Peri rice in a bowl sprinkled with Coriander

Peri Peri Rice

Easy home made Peri Peri Rice is delicious served alongside Peri Peri Chicken, any Roast Meat dishes or Roast Veg (especially Corn on the Cob) and Kebabs. 

Course Lunch, Side
Cuisine African
Keyword Nandos, Peri, Peri Peri Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Calories 310 kcal
Author Safira


  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 large Red Onion Or white onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely sliced
  • 1 Pepper Red/Yellow - Cut into 1 cm squares
  • ¾ tsp Cumin Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Smoked Paprika Powder Any variety will work - Smoked/Sweet
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock or Boiling Water with crushed Stock Cubes (800g)
  • 3 tbsp Peri Peri Sauce
  • 2 cups Rice I use long grain, soaked for 30 minutes then drained/cleaned until water runs clear (400 g)
  • Salt Check if the stock is pre seasoned before adding it in. I didn't need to add salt as the stock was already salted


  1. Heat the Oil. Once hot, add Onion, Garlic and Pepper. Cook till golden brown (around 5 minutes).

  2. Next add the Cumin, Turmeric, Smoked Paprika, Chilli and Lemon Juice. Cook for 1 minute.

  3. Pour in the Stock and Peri Peri sauce. Bring to the boil.

  4. Add Rice and Salt if using.

  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer covered on low till cooked. This won't take long if you have pre soaked the rice. Around 7 - 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Storage Instructions 

This rice keeps well in an airtight container/covered dish for a 24 hours. You can eat it cold or reheat it on the stove with a splash of water over low heat/or in the microwave, but I wouldn't recommend reheating rice over and over again. 

To freeze - once cooled, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to a month. To defrost, take the rice out of the freezer and leave it in on the countertop for an hour or in the fridge for a few hours. Reheat as above.

Tips for making the BEST Peri Peri Rice

Pre soak the rice for 20 - 30 minutes beforehand. As well as the other benefits, this also helps shorten cooking time and help keep the grains seperate.

Taste the stock water before adding Salt as the stock may already be salted.


Nutrition Facts
Peri Peri Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.