Fragrant Lime Rice

This rice is bursting with tangy citrus flavour and aroma of lime and the crunchy pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. You can use lemon or lime to give it a fresh, summery aroma.


200g basmati rice, washed and drained

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

10 pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Zest of juice of 1 large lime

Fresh coconut slices, to garnish (optional)


Put the rice and 600ml boiling water into a heavy-based saucepan and season with salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, stir once and simmer for 8-9 minutes until a grain can be easily mashed between fingers. Drain through a colander and set aside.

Warm 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil in a frying pan and fry the mustard seeds over a high heat until they start to pop. Add the pumpkin and sunflower and reduce the heat. When the pumpkin are slightly brown, add the turmeric and cook for a few seconds, then pour in the lime juice. Gently fold the rice and lime zest into the mixture.

Serve hot, garnished with a sprinkle of coconut slices if you like, or some lime zest.