Phil Vickery’s curried Spam pilaff recipe

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15 min


25 min

Use up any leftover veg and that tin of Spam in this tasty curried rice dish with cashew nuts. Perfect for a cheap family dinner and it tastes delicious too


  • 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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