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Yellow Rice Pilaf with Smoky Chickpeas

  • Author: Natasha
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Yellow Rice Pilaf with Smoky Chickpeas is a complete meal. Using minute rice ensures the dish comes together quickly.




1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic or 2 tsp granulated garlic

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

3 cups brown minute rice

4 cups water

Salt and Pepper to taste

3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro


2 cans low sodium chickpeas

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt, to taste


1 to 2 bags frozen mixed veggies (12 oz)


Rice: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft and slightly translucent. Add the garlic, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper, and rice to the pot. Stir frequently for a minute or two until the spices are well-mixed with the rice. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and allow the rice to simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender (Approximately 10-15 minutes). Using a clear glass top is very helpful when making rice!

Remove the lid and mix the rice well. IF your eaters like cilantro, add chopped fresh cilantro and mix well.

Chickpeas: While the rice is cooking, drain, rinse, and pat dry the chickpeas. Rinse until no more foam appears on the chickpeas. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan (non-stick is great). Add chickpeas, smoked paprika, and salt. Use a spatula or spoon to mix the chickpeas well until the ingredients are well distributed. Spread out the chickpeas to let them cook for a minute, then mix and spread out and let them cook a bit again. Do this for approximately 10 minutes. Chickpeas should be dry, but not too dry, and no longer taste like they were ever in a can! 

Veggies: The simplest thing to do is buy a steam bag of frozen mixed veggies and throw it in the microwave.  You can also use any leftover vegetables in your fridge. I like to buy a frozen bag of mixed corn, peas, carrots and green beans.

To assemble the pilaf: Mix rice, vegetables, and chickpeas.


Serve this as a one-dish meal; place each component in its own pretty bowl; or separate the rice, vegetables and chickpeas into a three-section divided platter, and allow any selective eaters to choose how much they want of each food, and if they want the foods to touch or stay separate.

Nutritional facts: Includes rice, chickpeas, and 1 12 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables. Does not include salt and pepper to taste.

  • Category: Main Meal
  • Method: Cooktop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Yellow Rice Pilaf, Vegan, Smoky Chickpeas, 30 minute meal