Festive Christmas Rice
  Debbie Bachu Ragoonath
December 2022

Festive Christmas Rice

Serves 12

3 Cups Parboiled Rice

1 tsp. Red Food Colouring

1 tsp. Green Food Colouring

1 tsp. Yellow Food Colouring

6 Cups Water

1 Cup Kernel Corn

½ Cup Raisins

½ Cup Frozen Garden Green Peas

¼ Cup Chopped Flat Leaf Celery

¼ Cup Chopped Pimento Peppers

3 tbsp. Vegetable Oil.

1 tbsp. Grated Ginger

1 tbsp. Grated Garlic

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Black Pepper


  1. Place 2 cups of water to boil, add to boiling water, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. red food colouring and 1 cup rice.
  2. Cover pot and steam rice on low heat for 20 minutes until there is no more liquid and rice is soft but firm.
  3. Repeat this procedure with the other 2 cups of rice adding the remaining food colouring green or yellow with each cup of rice.
  4. Allow coloured rice to cool for 5 to 10 minutes after cooling.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet for 1 minute.
  6. Place ginger, garlic, pimento. Sauté for 1 minute.
  7. Add to this mixture celery, raisins, corn, green peas and sauté for 3 minutes.
  8. Combine different coloured rice to mixture with celery salt, salt and black pepper. Sauté, turning constantly for 4 minutes to incorporate all ingredients and develop maximum flavours. 


  1. ½ cup chopped/slivered almonds can also be added.
  2. If too colourful omit red and green food colouring. Only use yellow with the same ingredients and method.

By: Debbie Bachu Ragoonath | FOOD | December 2022