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Vegan-friendly coconut chickpea fried rice

This coconut chickpea fried-rice dish is a real vegan treat. It’s incredibly fragrant, salty, sweet, smokey… and absolutely delicious!


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup broccolini (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • A few sprigs of cilantro


Place one cup of basmati rice into a small sauce pan. Wash and drain the rice a couple of times to get rid of the excess starch. Next, toast the rice for a couple of minutes on medium-high heat. Then, add in one cup of coconut milk. When the milk starts to bubble, give the rice a good stir to make sure nothing is grabbing the bottom of the pan. Then, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes.

Dice the red onion, coarsely chop the hazelnuts and chop the broccolini. After 15 minutes have elapsed, turn the heat off and let the rice steam a further 10 minutes. Next, heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the coconut oil, then add the red onion and chickpeas, followed by the garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, turmeric and salt. Add in the hazelnuts and broccolini. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add the shredded coconut. Sauté for another couple of minutes and taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Plate the rice and add the coconut chickpeas on top. Garnish with some freshly-chopped cilantro.

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