Chia Seed and Coriander Rice

Coriander rice

I was brought up on rice, in fact, I didn’t eat a plate of potatoes until I experienced school dinners – eek, disgusting, I’m so grateful things have changed. This is a wonderful way to amp up on your ancient grains combined with a hit of fresh herbs. Also a bloody nice way to eat rice. Great cold in salads too.

Recipe Author:

Jax Hamilton

Jax Says : Make your own garlic infused oil. Pour ½ cup oil in a pan, bring to a very slow simmer, drop 2 – 3 cloves garlic into the oil. Do not fry, just allow to simmer gently. Turn off the heat and sit for 20 minutes or until cool. Now you’re ready to use. Great for salads, or to add extra flavour drizzled over risottos or soups. Yes, you can eat the garlic too – mash into a salad dressing – Ding! Dong!


  • Knob of butter (or coconut oil)
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1 tbsp *Macro chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander stem, finely chopped (save the leaves for garnish)
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water (just boiled) more if necessary
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Drizzle garlic olive oil*
  • ½ lemon, zest only
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  1. Drop the butter (coconut oil) into a small saucepan. Add the oil.
  2. When bubbling sprinkle in half the chia seeds and coriander stem. Toss in the oil for 1 – 2 minutes, until the coriander becomes soft and fragrant.
  3. Sprinkle in the rice and toss through the fragrant oil. Slowly pour in ¾ of the water. Stir, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Increase the heat until bubbling, then reduce to a simmer and cover with a tight-fitting lid to steam. Try not to lift the lid too many times, but if it needs more water, add the remaining ¼ cup.
  5. The rice is cooked when a grain is crushed easily between your finger and thumb.
  6. Drizzle in the garlic olive oil, lemon zest, remaining seeds and fluff with a fork.
To serve
  1. Top with the tahini chicken, a handful of zesty salad and a sprinkle of coriander leaves.

Handy Tips

HERBS : if coriander makes you gag! try thyme or tarragon instead.

View Ingredients Chia Seed and Coriander Rice
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