Phil Vickery’s curried Spam pilaff recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 25 min
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  • Phil Vickery’s curried Spam pilaff uses an old retro favourite with a tin of Spam to create a truly delicious curry.

    Blending lovely spicy herbs like, chilli, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander and garlic with cashew nuts, chick peas, natural yoghurt and veg, Phil creates a dish that tastes absolutely scrumptious.

    The tender Spam mixes really nicely with the crunchy cashews – and you can add any leftover veg you might have into the mix too. This is a perfect meal for a cheap family dinner – and it tastes delicious too!

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    • 2tbsp olive oil
    • ½tsp dried chilli flakes
    • ½tsp turmeric
    • ½tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 1 courgette, cut into 1cm cubes, roughly
    • 1x 410g can chickpeas, drained well
    • 100g frozen peas
    • 225g Basmati rice
    • 2 x 200g cans Spam™, cut into 1cm cubes
    • 600mls boiling water
    • ½tsp pepper
    • 4tbsp unsalted cashew nuts
    • Chopped fresh coriander, optional
    • Natural yogurt, optional


    • Heat the oven to 200°C or gas mark 6.

    • Heat the oil in a deep pan.

    • Add the spices and cook for 2-3 mins without burning.

    • Add the onion, garlic and courgettes and cook for 2-3 mins to brown slightly.

    • Next add the chickpeas, frozen peas and rice and mix well to coat the rice.

    • Add the Spam, boiling water, pepper and nuts and mix well.

    • Bring to the boil, cover with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven. Cook for 14-16 mins, or until fluffy and all the water absorbed.

    • When cooked, remove from the oven, fork up well, then place the lid back on and leave for 10 mins before eating.

    • Serve with a little chopped coriander and a blob of natural yoghurt.

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