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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.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (2 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Type AB (2 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (4 beneficials)
  • Type B (1 beneficials)
  • Type B Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
  • Type O (2 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Entree
  • 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.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Rice (White/Brown/Basmati)/ Br...1 ,2 N N B B N N N N
Turmeric  B N N B N N B N
Cardamom  N N N N N N N N
Almond/Almond Butter3 N N N N N N N N
Pea (Green/Pod/Snow)3 ,4 N N N N N N N N
Sea Salt3 N N N N N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Oil Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Olive Oil3 ,4 B B B B B B B B

Herb/Spice Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Cinnamon3 N N N N A A N A

Dairy Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Ghee (Clarified Butter)3 N N N B N B N N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may be genetically modified .
[3] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[4] This recipe uses ingredients rich in lignans.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

    Please Note:
    When using any recipe, always check it for avoids and make the appropriate adjustments where necessary. The Blood Type Diet Recipe Database has been recently greatly enhanced. Also, the food lists changed somewhat a couple of years ago, and all recipes in the database may not reflect those changes in terms of the blood types for which the recipes are recommended. Volunteer Blood Type Diet Forums Members are working to review and update all the recipes to take advantage of the all the new features and food lists. Please be patient with us until the process has been completed.

    Revision History:
    • Revised Feb 29, 2008 at 02:49 PM By: Don