Sunflower Rice

The combination of nutty sunflower seeds and baked rice make this dish more of an unusual pilaf rather than just another bowl of rice. It also offers a great place to get creative with variations; try adding golden raisins or dried apricots, other herbs or vegetables, or cooked legumes to make a wholesome and tasty one-dish meal.

  • 2 cups hot vegetable stock
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ˝ cup of peas
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ˝ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Handful of chopped fresh herbs (to garnish)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Heat oil and sauté onions for 5 minutes, add cumin seeds and turmeric and sauté for another minute, add rice and cook gently until translucent.

3. Add salt, red pepper and peas and cook for 2 minutes, add stock and sunflower seeds and bring to a boil. Stir once and transfer to ovenproof dish.

4. Cover and bake in oven 20-25 minutes, or until rice has absorbed all liquid.

5. Sprinkle with chopped, fresh herbs before serving (optional)

Adapted from Grow Your Own Pharmacy by Linda Gray (Findhorn Press, 2007).


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago


Miranda Parkinson

oo! sounds so good!

Dale O.

Looks delicious and wonderful.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thanks Melissa.

Nimue Pendragon

Sounds yum, thanks Melissa :)

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for the recipe Melissa.

Kath R.
Kath P5 years ago

Interesting idea.