Vegetable Pilau

 Vegetable Pilau postThis delicious dish ticks all the boxes, spicy, packed with vegetables and guilt-free. Enjoy with family and friends this evening, and if you don’t particularly enjoy mushrooms, simply swap this ingredient with peppers or carrots. 

Serves 4 

Cooking time: 20 mins

What You’ll Need: 

  • A few glugs of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • ½ mug of white basmati rice (brown is lovely if you have a little longer for it to cook)
  • 1 mug of water
  • A punnet of mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • A pinch of chilli powder (or fresh red chilli)
  • ½ lemon
  • A handful of chopped walnuts (optional)
  • A large handful of parsley

What To Do:

  • Splash a glug of oil to a warm sauce pan. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook till they start to soften.
  • Swirl in the cinnamon and cloves. Sizzle a mo. Fold in the uncooked rice. Let it toast for a moment. Then add the water.
  • Let it boil up. Pop a lid on. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 mins.
  • As it cooks, sizzle the mushrooms in a hot frying pan with some oil. Season well.
  • Once the mushrooms are golden, add the garlic. Sizzle till softened. Add chilli powder, lemon zest and a good squeeze of juice. Swirl in the walnuts. Let them toast a little.
  • When the rice is done, let it steam (lid on) for 5 mins longer. Fold it through the mushroom mix. Taste. Adjust seasoning.
  • Scatter parsley over. Serve

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Fancy a bit of halloumi instead? Why not try the halloumi and courgettes burger recipe?

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