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Less than 30 minutes
Serves 4

IMAGE CREDIT    Stylist: Anna Carolina Alberts  Photographer: Michael le Grange

A quick-fix dinner on a dime, loaded with healthy fats and protein.


  • 4 tsp (20ml) canola or olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5ml) turmeric
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp (5ml) chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp (3ml) ground cumin
  • ½ tsp (3ml) cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ cups (375ml) rice
  • 3 cups (750ml) chicken stock
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • Handful chopped fresh herbs (like parsley and coriander)
  • 1 can (215g) smoked sardines, drained
  • 4 eggs, soft-boiled
  • Sliced fresh chilli, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a medium-sized saucepan.
  2. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until it starts to brown.
  3. Add spices and bay leaves and fry for a minute.
  4. Stir in rice and mix well.
  5. Pour stock over rice and season.
  6. Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  7. Stir herbs and sardines through rice.
  8. Top with halved eggs, season and top with chilli, if you like.
  9. Serve warm.

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