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Ramya's Chana Masala Rice

Course Main Course
Servings 2


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 zucchini
  • 50 g feta cheese
  • 1 tsp chana masala
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

To serve

  • Chana masala to sprinkle
  • Coriander chopped, to garnish


  • Place the basmati rice in a small pot with 3/4 cup cold water and place on the stove, cover with a lid and turn up to maximum heat, as soon as it starts to bubble, turn it down to minimum and simmer for about 10 minutes (or until you cannot see any bubbles coming up through the rice). Turn off and leave on the stove for about 5 minutes before removing the lid.
  • While the rice is cooking dice up the onion and and garlic. Heat up a fry pan on medium heat and add the vegetable. Throw in the onion and garlic and gently saute until soft (about 3 minutes), if it starts to brown at all turn down the heat.
  • Slice the zucchini length ways into quarters and then cut up into 1cm thick chunks. Once the onion mix is soft add the zucchini to the pan and saute for about 5 minutes until the zucchini is cooked through (or to your liking).
  • Add the rice to the pan as well and stir gently to combine.
  • Crumbly the feta cheese over the rice, and sprinkle over the channa masala. Stir to combine and then turn off the heat.
  • Serve up on a plate with extra chana masala and coriander sprinkled over the top if you like. Dig in!


This recipe works perfectly well with left over rice. Just add it in add the same point, and make sure it is heated through well.
You can play around with this a lot, add other vegetables, leave out the onion/garlic, throw in some spinach at the end, add chopped up green chilli for an extra kick. It's the idea of rice+vegetable+salty cheese+spice=delicious mix!
Keyword Rice