Heat the water in a 4-quart saucepan over high heat to a boil. Add the rice, broccoli and cauliflower. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 12 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and uncover.
Squeeze the juice from the lemon half. Stir the soup, milk, 2 teaspoons curry powder and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper.
Stir the remaining curry powder, the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl.
Pour the rice mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Stir in the spinach and peas. Layer with the chicken, soup mixture and cheese. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.
Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and the bread crumb mixture is golden brown.
3/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons dark rum
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups half-and-half, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 extra-large egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum. Set aside.
Combine the rice and salt with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stir once, and simmer, covered, on the lowest heat for 8 to 9 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. (If your stove is very hot, pull the pan halfway off the burner.)
Stir in 4 cups of half-and-half and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, until the rice is very soft. Stir often, particularly toward the end. Slowly stir in the beaten egg and continue to cook for 1 minute. Off the heat, add the remaining cup of half-and-half, the vanilla, and the raisins with any remaining rum. Stir well. Pour into a bowl, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Serve warm or chilled.