Chillied Rice With Zaatar Roast Chickpeas and Flat Beans

An easy dish packed full of flavour. Adding spices to your rice is such an simple way to reinvigorate it. I love the addition of the crunchy roast chickpeas which balance out the texture of this lovely dish.

When to eat

Enjoy throughout the summer from June to September.


Serves 4
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

This meal is around 83% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.46 KG CO2e per person.
  • That’s equivalent to the emissions produced driving 20.29 KM in a modern car.
How do I calculate this?


  • 400 g Cooked Chickpeas
  • 2 Tablespoon Zaatar
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 300 g Long Grained Rice
  • 2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 2 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes
  • 2 Leaves Bay Leaf
  • 300 g Flat Green Beans
  • 200 g Radish
  • 30 g Parsley

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Teaspoon Maple Syrup


  • Zest and juice the lemon into separate containers. Pour the chickpeas into a large roasting tray and cover with the zatar, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Mix well to evenly coat the chickpeas in the spice mixture. Then place in a 200˚c oven for 15 minutes until they have a little colour and a pleasing crunch.
  • Whilst the chickpeas are roasting, place the rice in a large saucepan. Add the chilli flakes, bay leaf, turmeric and some seasoning then pour over enough boiling water to cover the rice by about an inch. Stir the contents to evenly distribute the spices. Cover the pan and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes until the rice is fluffy and plump.
  • Now make the dressing. Place the olive oil, lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice and maple syrup in a small jar and combine with a fork. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  • When the chickpeas have roasted, remove from the oven and reserve in the pan. Thinly slice the radishes and flat beans. Toss the flat beans into a pan of boiling water. Boil for about a minute, then drain and reserve in the pan.
  • Roughly chop the parsley. Then in a mixing bowl, or one of the pans already used, combine all the ingredients; rice, chickpeas, radish, beans, parsley and dressing. Toss well and serve.
5 from 1 vote

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    • Emma

      March 26, 2020 at 8:49 pm


      • hugo

        March 27, 2020 at 6:57 pm

        Thanks Emma