Spanish baked rice

This baked rice dish is amazingly flavourful. It’s simple to make and very satisfying. The sweet onion and currant flavours combine deliciously with the sour tomato and lemon, while the roasted garlic and paprika add another incredible layer.

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Spanish baked rice

Serves: 6


  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, finely sliced into half rings
  • 1 whole head of garlic, unpeeled
  • 150 g currants or raisins, soaked in water for 30 minutes, then drained
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400 g)
  • 1 to 2 tins of chickpeas, drained (about 400g)
  • 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika (pimentón dulce)
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 500 g risotto rice
  • 1 lemon, cut into segments


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large casserole dish.
  3. Add the onions, and fry until soft.
  4. Turn to low heat, and add the garlic head and currants. Stir for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato, paprika, chickpeas, stock, and salt. Bring to the boil.
  6. Add the rice and stir well.
  7. Put the dish in the oven, with no lid, and bake for 30 minutes, until the rice is tender.
  8. When serving, offer everyone a lemon segment and a baked garlic clove to squeeze on top.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 As far as I know, none of the ingredients are harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 All of the ingredients are pretty cheap. Paprika can be more pricey, but the recipe only calls for a little and it’s a very useful spice to have in the kitchen.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32I’d say this recipe is very healthy, especially because of the chickpeas, which provide both protein and fibre.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Delicious. Perfect to make for friends or family.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5!

3 thoughts on “Spanish baked rice

  1. Aislinn says:

    I made this for the first time yesterday when I was hosting a barbecue and it was such a success! It was so easy to make, and really delicious – my friends kept coming back for more and asking me for the recipe! 100% will be making this again for parties and for myself.

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  2. Tom Bain says:

    Love this recipe, so quick and convenient, a slight variation I often do due to lack of an oven-proof pot: bring to boil, simmer for 15 minutes (or until rice cooked).


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