Feta Fried Rice with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

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Serves2 people
Vegetarians Gluten-free diets
Feta Fried Rice with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

This veggie fried rice makes the most of green veg, with tender courgettes and seasonal purple sprouting broccoli added to the pan. They're fried with white basmati rice, a grating of lemon zest, a pinch of fresh parsley and a sprinkle of aromatic spices. You'll serve it topped with tangy crumbles of creamy feta and a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.


  • 135g white basmati rice
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 courgettes
  • 200g purple sprouting broccoli
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 120g feta
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds
  • 50g sweet chilli sauce

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 15 mins

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1. Fill and boil your kettle. Rinse the rice under cold water, then tip it into a small pan. Pour in 270ml hot water and add a pinch of salt. Pop on a lid and bring to the boil, then turn the heat right down and very gently simmer for 8 mins till the rice has absorbed the water and become tender. Take the pan off the heat and let it sit, lid on, for 5 mins to steam and finish cooking the rice.
2. While the rice cooks, peel and finely slice the red onion. Trim the ends off the courgettes, halve them lengthways and slice into 1cm-thick half moons. Trim the dry ends off the purple sprouting broccoli, then chop into 2cm-long chunks.
3. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stalks. Finely grate the zest from the lemon. Crumble the feta into chunks.
4. Warm a deep frying pan or wok on a high heat. Add the cumin seeds and black onion seeds. Toast for 1-2 mins till aromatic and starting to pop. Tip them into a bowl and set aside.
5. Put the pan back on the heat. Add 1 tbsp oil and the red onion. Stir-fry for 3 mins till starting to look glossy. Add the courgettes and purple sprouting broccoli. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fry, stirring often, for 4-5 mins till the veg are golden brown and just tender.
6. Add the toasted spices to the pan, along with the lemon zest. Stir-fry for 1 min.
7. Add the cooked rice to the frying pan and stir-fry for 2-3 mins till combined and well mixed. Take the pan off the heat and add most of the feta. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Add most of the chopped parsley. Toss to mix, taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon juice, if you think it needs it.
8. Scoop the feta fried rice into two warm bowls. Top with the remaining feta and parsley. Drizzle over the sweet chilli sauce and serve.
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