Mediterranenan Brown Rice Pilaf
Mediterranean Brown Rice Pilaf Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Mediterranean Brown Rice Pilaf is a simple and delicious vegetarian, gluten-free recipe. Find out how to make it in few simple steps

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: brown rice pilaf, healthy pilaf, mediterranean pilaf
Servings: 4
Author: Hina Gujral
  • 2 Cup long grain brown rice
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 pinch saffron steeped in 1/4 cup hot but not boiling water
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 green cardamom pod crushed
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 thumb size stick of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup almond chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Ingredients to garnish
  • Chopped coriander
  • A fistful of pomegranate seeds
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add bay leaf, cardamom, star anise and cinnamon stick. Let it heat until aroma of spices is released.
  3. Stir in the onion and saute until translucent and aromatic but not browned. Now add chopped carrot and saute for another 2 – 3 minutes or until you smell the aroma of nuts.
  4. Add the rice and sauté the rice for a few minutes until it is translucent around the edges.
  5. Add the saffron and its water, the stock, raisins, peas, salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Increase the heat and bring to a boil.
  6. Bring the dish to a simmer. Then turn the heat to medium, cook until all the water is been absorbed by the rice.
  7. While the pilaf is cooking, toast the nuts until golden brown. Once done, set aside to cool.
  8. Check the rice to see that all of the water has been absorbed and that the rice is cooked through and tender.
  9. Once the rice is done, cover with a tight fitting lid and let the dish rest for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
  10. To serve the dish, fluff the rice with fork and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, toasted nuts and pomegranate seeds.
  11. Serve Pilaf warm with chilled yoghurt and salad.