Spiced Pork with Apricots and Saffron Rice

A quick and easy midweek meal. Pork tenderloin is a lean and economical cut of meat.
Course Easy Midweek Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 750kcal
Author Jacqueline Bellefontaine


for the spiced pork

  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pork tenderloin (fillet), about 250-350g (8-12oz)
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

for the rice

  • 25 g flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • large pinch saffron
  • 3-4 cardamon pods , crushed
  • 225 g basmati rice
  • salt
  • 500 ml water
  • 50 g dried apricots , chopped
  • Natural yogurt and chopped parsley to serve


  • Brown the almonds for the rice by dry frying until golden. Set aside.
  • Place the spices in a bowl and mix well. Tip onto a plate and roll the pork in the spice mixture to coat all over. Cut the pork into two pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the pork over a medium high heat until browned on all sides. Add 4 tbsp ( ¼ cup) water or stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and cook the pork for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the pan, discarding any remaining liquid and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile cook the rice. Heat the the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 2 to 3 minutes until beginning to soften. Stir in the rice and add the saffron and cardamon. Add the water and a generous pinch of salt and bring to the boil.
  • Stir well, cover and cook for 10 minutes over a very low heat. Allow the rice to stand for 2 minutes. Add the chopped apricots and most of the almonds and fluff up the rice with a fork mixing in the fruit and nuts as you do so.
  • To serve. Divide the rice between two serving plates. Cut the pork into thick slices and arrange on top of the rice.
  • Serve with natural yogurt, a sprinkling of chopped parsley and the remaining nuts


Nutrition information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only. (It does not include seasoning with salt and pepper.) 


Calories: 750kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 12.5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 722mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 2.5mg