Peanut Butter Rice

peanut butter rice

As much as I enjoy a simple pot of fresh cooked and buttered white rice to go along with my meals, I'm always on the hunt for other quick and easy ideas for rice. That's why I zoomed in almost immediately upon this ridiculously simple but wonderfully inventive recipe for peanut butter rice when I recently received a copy of A Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West by Miriam Rose Kinunda. Why had I never thought of this before? Just stir in some natural peanut butter and salt into the rice cooking water, and you've got a pot of delicately flavorful rice that not only adds a little protein to your dinner but also quite nicely tempers the heat of a spicy curry if you happen to be serving one. This easy idea is in my permanent repertory of rice dishes now. I'm interested to try it with other nut butters like almond or cashew, but I do find that the peanut butter has a much more pronounced taste that will go along with other stronger flavored meals.

I am quite charmed by A Taste of Tanzania and consider myself quite fortunate to have received it. This collection of "Modern Swahili Recipes for the West" is a gem indeed.

Peanut Butter RicePeanut Butter Rice
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Adapted from A Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West
Cuisine: African
Published on February 22, 2014

Simple and delicately flavorful rice cooked with peanut butter — great for serving with spicy curries

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 cups white basmati rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Thoroughly rinse the rice under cold running water. Let the rice air dry in the strainer for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing the grains occasionally.

  • In a medium saucepan, stir the peanut butter and salt into the water. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

  • Fluff with a fork and serve hot or warm.

Makes 6 to 8 side servings

African peanut butter rice

Other rice dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Brown Rice and Quinoa Cakes with Parmesan
Cracked Black Pepper Rice
Indian Yellow Rice
Mushroom Risotto

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Unknown said...

Nice idea.. never tried this.. will try..

Unknown said...

Please, can you open on you blog a special file for listing "my receipes", which one we prefer. It should be easier to find them....thanks for all you share, your blog is very interesting, very rich, very creative.

nandoos kitchen said...

Nice idea. Would love to try it.

Unknown said...

Very unusual and clever idea x

Joanne said...

Ooo intriguing! I love peanut butter and am definitely going to try this the next time i make rice!

Lisa Turner said...

Sophie, you can save recipes using the ziplist function. You just need to create an account, and that is free. Hope that helps. Alternately, you could save recipes to a pinboard.

CatSlave said...

Is this adaptable to a rice cooker? And are your other rice recipes adaptable to a cooker?

pretzel said...

Do you think it would work to add the PB later in cooking to avoid having to cook it for 35-40 minutes in the case of brown rice?

Lisa Turner said...

Yes, I think that would work. Let me know how it works out if you try it.

Lisa Turner said...

Catslave, I must admit that though I have been cooking for years, my experience with cookers is limited. I don't own one, so I really can't say.

Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) said...

Sounds like a tasty and simple alternative to my usual, boring plain rice!

Anonymous said...

Nice one. I want to try this. :O)

VENN FERNZ said...

hello Lisa its 2019 - May God Bless You and Yours for All Eternity.
this recipe is "ACE " ...reason being.... I am a t2 diabetic - and this PB RICE dish is like discovering anti-gravity on planet earth.
as per diabetic food guidelines - the Basmati rice is low glycemic index and also the peanut butter is a recommended food allowed in a diabetics diet - vow together ( PB and BASMATI RICE ) !!! i can now DEFY DIABETIC GRAVITY (lol) well keeping "portion control" in mind though.

I made it and added Chicken Breast pieces and Diced Zucchini - (all diabetic health friendly ingredients it TURNED OUT DELICIOUS. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!