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