Layered Jar Mix: Curried Rice


The holidays are certainly a time of the year filled with sweets and treats. But there are times when you need just a little break from all the sugar and goodies. That’s why I like to have a few recipes for jar mixes that can be used as quick gifts but that can also give a little break and variety from the usual parade of sweets.

And that’s when this recipe for a curried rice mix layered in a jar can come in handy!

How to make a layered jar mix for curried rice for quick and simple gift giving

This is a quick and simple gift that can be made using brown instant rice, golden raisins, and chopped nuts. A spice blend is stirred together with your pantry spices and added to the layers too. When it comes time for the recipient of the gift to make the rice, all they need to do is boil a cup of water and add the contents of the jar. After five minutes of simmering, they have a quick and tasty side dish to enjoy.

How to make a curried rice layered jar mix

They can even add a few more goodies to the cooked rice if they wish such as peas and/or cooked shrimp or chicken to make it more of a main dish meal.

Once again, I have some printable tags you can use if you wish to go along with this jar mix recipe that can either be affixed to the front of the jar or used as a hang-tag with some ribbon around the top.

How to make a layered jar mix for curried rice for quick and simple gift giving

So if you need a frugal gift or a quick hostess gift, especially if it’s for someone who is eating gluten-free, or sugar-free, or plant-based, this curried rice jar mix can be a good solution as it’s made with just a few healthy food ingredients and pantry spices.

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Layered Jar Mix: Curried Rice

A quick and easy side dish that can be layered in a pint jar for a quick, healthy, and frugal gift.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Curried Rice
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup Instant Brown Rice
  • 1/3 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Walnuts (or cashews)

Spice Blend:

  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tbl Minced Onion


  • Mix together the spice blend.
  • Layer the ingredients in a pint size jar as follows:  The spice blend, 1/3 cup rice, the raisins, 1/3 cup rice, the nuts, and then the final 1/3 cup of rice.
  • Add a tag or label with the following instructions:  Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a suacepan.  Add the contents of the jar and return pan to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.


Note: If you do not have allspice for the spice blend, a little bit of cinnamon and/or nutmeg can be substituted instead.

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