Rice and Risotto

If you are the sort of person who finds cooking relaxing and loves chatting to friends while preparing a meal, rustle up a risotto. You need to stand at the stove and stir for twenty minutes just before serving, but the action is both soothing and satisfying, and the results are inevitably delicious. Chicken and Prawn Jambalaya is another wonderful dish for entertaining. Like Seafood Paella, it is full of flavor and the combination of ingredients means that every mouthful brings a taste of the delightfully unexpected.

African Lamb and Vegetable Pilau

African Lamb and Vegetable Pilau

Spicy lamb is served in this dish with basmati rice and a colorful selection of different vegetables and cashew nuts. Lamb and rice are a popular combination is African cooking.

Basmati and Nut Pilaff

Basmati and Nut Pilaff

Vegetarians will love this simple pilaff. Add wild or cultivated mushrooms, if you like.

Beef Biryani

Beef Biryani

The Moguls introduced this dry, spicy rice dish to central India.

Burritos with Chicken and Rice

Burritos with Chicken and Rice

In Mexico, burritos are a popular street food, eaten on the hoof. The secret of a successful burrito is to have all the filling neatly packaged inside the tortilla for easy eating, so these snacks are seldom served with a pour-over sauce.

Caribbean Peanut Chicken

Caribbean Peanut Chicken

Peanut butter is used a lot in many Caribbean dishes. It adds a richness, as well as a delicious depth of flavor all of its own.

Chicken and Prawn Jambalaya

Chicken and Prawn Jambalaya

The mixture of chicken, seafood, and rice suggests a close relationship to the Spanish paella, but the name is more likely to have derived from jambon (the French for ham), la ya (Creole for rice). Jambalayas are a colorful mixture of highly flavored ingredients, and are always made in large quantities for feasts and celebration meals.

Indian Rice with Tomatoes and Spinach

Indian Rice with Tomatoes and Spinach

This tasty rice dish can also be served with a selection of other Indian dishes.

Kedgeree

Kedgeree

This classic dish originated in India. It is best made with basmati rice, which goes well with the mild curry flavor, but long grain rice will do. For a colorful garnish, add some finely sliced red onion and a little red onion marmalade.

Lamb Parsi

Lamb Parsi

This is similar to Biryani, but here the lamb is marinated with the yogurt, a technique which is a Parsi specialty. Serve with a dhal or with the spiced mushrooms.

Mushroom Pilau

Mushroom Pilau

This dish is simplicity itself, yet it is full of delicious Indian flavors.

Rice with Dill and Broad Beans

Rice with Dill and Broad Beans

This is a favorite rice dish in Iran, where it is called Baghali Polo. The combination of beans, dill, and warm spices works very well, and the saffron rice adds a cheerful splash of bright color.

Roasted Squash

Roasted Squash

Gem squash has a sweet, subtle flavour that contrasts well with olives and sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe. The rice adds substance without changing any of the flavors.

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

There are as many versions of paella as there are regions of Spain. Those from near the coast contain a lot of seafood, while inland versions add chicken or pork. Here the only meat is the chorizo, essential for an authentic flavor.

Seared Scallops with Chive Sauce on Leek and Carrot Rice

Seared Scallops with Chive Sauce on Leek and Carrot Rice

Scallops are one of the most delicious shellfish. Here they are partnered with a delicate chive sauce and a pilaf of wild and white rice with sweet leeks and carrots.

Stuffed Vegetables

Stuffed Vegetables

Colorful, easy to prepare and utterly delicious, this makes a popular supper dish, and with a choice of vegetables included in the recipe, there's bound to be something to appeal to every member of the family.