Reprinted from The Blood Type Diet Website (

Rice with green peas and almonds
Contributed by: Paul Buckless blog 03/25/2004Added: Feb 18, 2008 at 04:15 AM


This fancy rice dish is ideal for party catering or a special lunch or dinner.Preparation time: 5 minutesCooking time: 30 – 40 minutesServes: 4 – 5 people or 2 hungry people as a main course.

  • 1 cup [250ml] Basmati or other long-grain white rice
  • 4 green cardamom pods or ½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 2 cups [500ml] water
  • ¾ teaspoon [3ml] sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon [1ml] turmeric
  • 3 Tablespoon [60ml] ghee or olive oil
  • 1 x 4cm [1-1/2 inch] cinnamon stick [or BTD compliant substitute]
  • 1/3 cup [85ml] slivered or sliced raw almonds
  • 1 cup [250ml] fresh or frozen peas
How to make it:
  1. Wash, drain, and dry the rice.
  2. Crush cardamom pods lightly if using whole pods.
  3. Bring the water, salt and turmeric slowly to a boil in a 2 litre/quart saucepan over moderate heat.
  4. Heat the ghee or oil in another 2 litre/quart saucepan over moderate low heat. Fry the cinnamon stick, cardamom and almonds in the hot ghee/oil until the almonds turn golden brown.
  5. Add the rice and sauté for about 2 minutes until the grains turn whitish.
  6. Pour in the boiling salted turmeric water and fresh peas, defrosted frozen peas should be added after the rice has been cooking for about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir, increase the heat to high, and bring the water to a full boil.
  8. Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight fitting lid and gently simmer, without stirring for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender and flaky.
  9. Serve hot.