Sunday, 5 October 2014

Easy Brown Rice Pilaf Recipe

First off, let me say that even though pilaf is such an easy dish, I have struggled with preparing it successfully. This was the first dish I ever cooked for my husband (then boyfriend) and I managed to under-cook the rice, overcook the meat, and well... it wasn't good. The kind man still ate it (a real statement of his love for me, eh?), but I wish I had known then what I know now! 

My grandma had made pilaf for my family regularly and this particular recipe had been passed down in my family for quite some time. I made a few changes of course because I swapped the basmati rice for brown rice (or quinoa if I have it!). I've even tried it with cauliflower rice for a delicious paleo dish! 

The recipe I'm sharing today is for Brown Rice Pilaf, but I'll be back soon with a paleo alternative! 

Brown rice pilaf by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthyrecipes #healthymeals

Brown Rice Pilaf 


5 adult portions


  • 1.5 cups of brown rice (or quinoa!) 
  • 1 3/4 cups water 
  • 2 onions
  • 2 pounds (1 kilo) boneless pork shoulder 
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 whole bay leaves 


  • The first thing you need to do is boil a kettle of water and cover the rice in it. Set aside. 
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, pan fry the onion (cut into small pieces), stirring occasionally
  • While the onion is cooking, chop up the meat. I left mine pretty large, but this part really depends on your preferences. The larger they are, the longer they take to cook.
  • Once the onion is translucent, add the pork. 
  • Pan fry on a medium heat so the meat turns a lovely golden brown color 
  • Again, while the meat is frying, chop up the carrots. I like to cut them into thin 'chunks' 
  • After the meat has become that golden colour (about 7-10 minutes), add the carrots 
  • Pan fry for an additional 5 minutes then add the spices and herbs
  • Stir
  • Add the rice and water into the pot 
  • Bring to a boil
  • Simmer for 15 minutes. You may need to add a little bit of water if the rice has absorbed it all, but has not been fully cooked. Add 1/4 cup of water at a time, otherwise, you will end up with a stew. 
  • Remove from heat once the rice is fully cooked.
  • Remove the bay leaves and enjoy!

Brown rice pilaf by Welcome to Mommyhood #easyhealthyrecipes #healthymeals

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