Tuna Cashew Pilau

This tuna cashew pilau recipe is so easy and it’s budget friendly too. It’s made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

I can practically guarantee you folks that this tuna cashew pilau will completely satisfy those feelings of hunger.

Not only that because its so easy and quick to make you’ll not be tempted to reach for quick fixes whilst it’s cooking!

Also, unlike many traditional Indian dishes I’m using the very minimal of oil here too helping to keep this excellent dish low in calories and low in fat.

Those of us who are cost conscious can also heave a sign of relief as I’m using tinned tuna, frozen peas, a handful of nuts and basmati rice, which shouldn’t break the bank at all!

This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

There’s a lot of my recipes recently that are falling into the same category of one pot or casserole related aren’t there?

It’s not just because it’s winter that I’m all about those kinds of quick healthy meals.

No, it’s more like I’ve got in a stride because I pretty much have just one hour to prepare something from scratch for our dinner before each of us tries to grab an hour to watch part of a box set together or I can do some blog work.

I’m not complaining, I’m sure you’re just as busy as we are, and if you are I hope that you can make use of this tuna cashew pilau recipe to give you a great meal and some time back for relaxation too.

This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!

Memories of Tuna Cashew Pilau

Making this tuna cashew pilau brought about fond memories for me! Let me explain…….

This was originally put together as a camping meal possibly one of the first one pot decent camping meals my friends and I had in our early teens as we rattled about Scotland in our beat up second hand cars sleeping in tents in temperatures and weather I wouldn’t dream of doing so in now!

Before this nutritional excellence we had what we affectionately termed “orange” and “white”. This was basically beans or something in tomato sauce, served with rice or pasta!

Our expectations and indeed our demanding of some decent camping food soon came after the tuna cashew pilau!

No longer were we prepared to accept tinned food as we began to taste some of the very best things that Scotland had to offer. Like in Skye where we had fresh salmon cooked in foil in a real fire with a slice a lemon and parsley. Oh so posh! (And amazing!)

So today enjoy this one pot delicious staple. It’s not changed much over the years, it’s just a delicious as I remember it!

This tuna cashew pilau recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!
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This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!
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Tuna Cashew Pilau
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This tuna cashew pilau family recipe is so easy and it's budget friendly too. It's made in well under an hour, all in one pot meaning that you can relax easily with hardly any dishes to do!
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 560 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 125 g cashew nuts
  • Low fat cooking oil spray
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp and ½ medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 300 g basmati rice
  • 850 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 80 g frozen peas
  • 2 x 160g cans of tuna spring water drained
  • Freshly ground chopped coriander
  • 20 halved cherry tomatoes optional
Instructions
  1. Dry fry the cashew nuts in a large frying pan until golden and lay aside to cool
  2. Heat the spray oil in the frying pan until it begin to bubble, turn down the heat and sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  3. Stir in the garlic paste for about a minute then stir in the curry powder, turmeric and stir for a few more seconds.

  4. Stir in the rice then immediately add the stock, lemon juice and frozen peas. Allow the contents of the pan to come to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the stock has been absorbed stirring occasionally to ensure the rice doesn't stick to the pan. Add more liquid if required.
  5. Once rice is cooked turn off the pan and stir in the tuna and cashew nuts.
  6. Season to taste and serve with the coriander scattered over topped with the halved cherry tomatoes.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is freezable.

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Cashew Pilau
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.4g 33%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%
Sodium 69.3mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 80.8g 27%
Dietary Fiber 5.2g 21%
Sugars 6.8g
Protein 13.6g 27%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 32%
Calcium 7%
Iron 36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Can you believe it’s already February next week?

I was looking at my recipe schedule to see what I’ve got coming next week and I couldn’t believe it. Where has January gone?

Anyway as it’s over soon and as we’ll be past that “Christmas guilt” phase I thought we could have a cake next week? What do you think, is that OK?

Well the thing is too, I need to bring you a new cake recipe so we can say good bye to the Christmas cranberry banana muffins recipe picture that’s still staring at us on the right of the page there!

So, cake it is (a cherry bakewell loaf cake) then. Have a great weekend!

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Comments

  1. Neil, I’ve been so busy in my neck of the woods too and will be for the next 4 months so one pot meals have become a staple at our home as well and this tasty, nutritious, pilau would fit perfectly into my rotation – thanks so much for sharing it!
    And – yes to cake! Looking forward to your healthier version! Hope you and Lady Lynne have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Shashi. At the moment I just feel that life is a bit of a blur and it sounds like you are having that same situation too!

      Glad to help this this delicious tuna cashew pilau and looking forward to catching up on your recipes this weekend. 🙂

  2. What a delicious way to eat tuna!! I have lots of canned tuna in a pantry and this is the perfect way to use it 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Don’t you find that canned tuna just seems to build up in the pantry Rachel?

      I mean I always buy the multi-packs and it sounds like you do too, so at least this tuna cashew pilau is an excellent way to use it up!

      Thanks as always for your comment Rachel. Have a great weekend.

  3. hmmmm I’m wondering about this with cauliflower rice…. yum!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi Susie, oh yes it would definitely go well with cauliflower rice, I never thought of that.

      Good call! 😀

  4. O yum! I love some canned tuna fun!

  5. Friggin’ LOVE CASHEWS!OUT OF ALL NUTS = Cashews are the best best best!

  6. I love the back story on this dish. I also love tuna, and don’t have it enough. But I’m not ready to say good-bye tp those cranberries just yet!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m glad you like the story Jeff. I hope to find some of the photographs of our old camping days to go with it and add a photo to the story when I get time!

      Alas though I think I must say good-bye to the cranberries, but only for 11 months! 😉

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