Brown Rice Pilaf

This recipe came about one day when realising we had literally nothing in the fridge, (it’s super hot and humid here at the moment so our trips to the markets are not as frequent!). I was expecting my mamma-in-law home for lunch (she likes something more substantial than salad) and essentially this idea for this recipe came into my head and I decided to ahead with it!

Brown Rice Pilaf

Well! What a great decision by me if I may say so because this pilau is so yummy and so simple to make! Plus you can use it as a base recipe and add in other ingredients (more veggies or chicken for example). I have made this a few times now because my mamma-in-law liked it so much and I know that I don’t have to go to the markets to get anything (I’m not being lazy here but the heat is quite draining, so if I can get away with not having to go to the markets I will!). I usually serve this with a green salad or some steamed vegetables on the side. 

Buon Appetito


Brown Rice Pilaf

Serves 4
Author | The Unprocessed Pantry

1 cup brown rice
4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 cup peas
1/3 cup sultanas
bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
olive oil

frying pan
wooden spoon

This pilaf makes a great base for further additional vegetables or meat.

In a frying pan drizzle some olive oil and add the onion and garlic, cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Add in the spices and cook for a further minute or until fragrant. Add in the brown rice and stir until coated in the spice mixture.

Add in 1 cup of water at a time allowing the water to absorb before adding the next cup. Make sure that you are stirring occasionally to ensure the rice does not stick to the pan. On the final cup of water add the sultanas to the mixture. This process usually takes around 40 minutes. Add in the mint at the very end, stir and then serve warm or cold. 



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