1. Wild rice pilaf with cauliflower

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A cauliflower lover’s delight, this hearty pilaf doubles-down on nutty flavours and textures with burnt butter, wild rice and toasted almonds. Perfect for barbecues, picnics and desk lunches.

2. Brown rice congee

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Congee, also known as jook in China and chao in Vietnam, is one of the world’s most comforting dishes. It has a mild flavour, but when served with condiments it can be as tasty as your palate demands. Top it with a couple of seared scallops for a little bit of luxe.

3. Chicken biryani

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In this one-pot Indian classic, the rice soaks up all the spicy goodness and chicken juices. Use a heavy-based casserole to keep it from scorching on the bottom. Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the chicken.

4. Braised beef short ribs with red rice and mushrooms

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Braising is a fool-proof method of ensuring meat remains succulent, and when combined with stock and aromatic herbs, it gets all the more flavourful.

5. Black rice and coconut pudding with caramel bananas

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This take on an Asian classic sees creamy black rice paired with caramelised bananas and crunchy rice crisps. The rice crisps are optional, so if they seem like a bridge too far, opt for coarsely chopped salted peanuts instead. Begin this recipe a day ahead to dry out the jasmine rice and soak the black rice.