Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe

You will absolutely love making this Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe which has flavours from the infused coal-smoking method. Serve it along with stir fried vegetables, tortillas, sour cream and salsa to make a delicious Spanish meal or simply serve it as it along with a mint cooler.

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Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe
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The Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe is an easy to make rice recipe that is packed with flavors from the coal smoking method and the simple flavours of cumin and tomatoes. The Spanish Rice is made using fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, corn, and green peas which adds to the deliciousness of this dish.

Spanish rice in one pot dish and is made in a large pot with a lid. You can use a cast iron pan or even a stew pot to cook the rice in as well. 

Smoking food at home, using hot charcoal is a super easy method to achieve the tandoori effect right in your own kitchen. This method lends that smoky flavour usually obtained by cooking in a tandoor.

Serve the Spanish Vegetarian Rice as a one pot dish along with a pot of spicy bean chilli sauce as a weeknight dinner or for parties, along with Pineapple and Cheese Skewers Recipe or Paprika Chicken Skewers Recipe and No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.

If you like this recipe, here are a few more Spanish recipes that you would also want to try

  1. Spanish Omelette Recipe (Tortilla Espanola)
  2. Vegetable Paella Recipe (Spanish Style Vegetable Rice)
  3. Patata Bravas Recipe (A Classic Spanish Tapas)

Cuisine: European
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

45 M


4 Servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Basmati rice , (or any long grained rice)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , finely chopped
  • 3 Tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sweet corn , steamed
  • 1/4 cup Green peas (Matar) , steamed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 Cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 1 Coal , for smoking
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe

  1. To begin making the Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe, prep all the ingredients and keep ready.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat; sauté the onions, garlic, green bell pepper, green chillies and celery until they are tender. Saute on low to medium heat so the onions and bell peppers becomes really soft.

  3. Once they are softened, add the tomatoes, salt, and chilli powder and saute until the tomatoes have become soft and mushy. 

  4. Add the rice, corn, peas, salt and pepper and 2 cups of water. Turn the heat to high and bring the rice to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer the rice until all the water is completely absorbed.  This would take about 15 minutes.

  5. Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and allow the Spanish Rice to rest for about 10 minutes. 

  6. While the rice is resting, we will proceed to prepare the coal for the coal smoking method. Heat the piece of coal on gas flame until it becomes red hot.

  7. Once the coal is hot, place the coal in a steel or a glass cup. Place the cup in the center of the rice dish and press it down, so it rests in the casserole.

  8. Pour a teaspoon of ghee or oil over the hot coal. You will notice the  coal begins to smoke. Cover the pan immediately, to trap the smoke inside the casserole.

  9. The rice will get the smokes flavors as it rests in the smoke. After a couple of minutes, remove the cup of coal (the smoke would have died down).

  10. Stir the Spinach Rice well to combine all the flavors and ingredients after the cooking process and serve.

  11. Sprinkle or stir in the cheese to the Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice and serve hot along with Pineapple and Cheese Skewers Recipe or Paprika Chicken Skewers Recipe and No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.