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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Vegetable Pilaf

Eid at my home is usually   breakfast down stairs with my parents, and sisters and their families, my mum would task each of us with a dish and she will sit and relax and call friends and families to wish them. Kids get presents and usually play outside in the  garden , while we cooked. I usually finish early , and instead of having lunch at my parents I head to my Mum in law's for lunch with hubby and the boys along with the rest of his sibblings.

Dinner is usually at my parents.  Eid is always a joyous day, everyone is in a good mood, the smell of cooking when you walk on the  street. There is always  some activity on the street   during the late afternoon, such as boduberu , bodumas  and even maali parading on the streets. I am not a fan of people throwing water bombs on the street, it was never a custom when we were growing up.

Anyway to  eat with   my mussama roast chicken  I prepared a simple vegetable pilaf.  Its pretty easy to make. You can even use frozen vegetables or  even those  canned ones.  

Recipe : Vegetable Pilaf

Serves 3-4

1 1/4 cup basmathi rice
1 cup mixed vegetables ( I used a mix of  chopped carrots, peas  and sweetcorn kernals)
500 ml water, (warm)
1 vegetable or chicken stock cube
1 sprig curry leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
1/4- 1/2  tsp tumeric
2-3 tbsp oil

Wash and drain the rice.

Heat oil and fry the onions till softened and translucent. Add the  tumeric, curry leaves  and mix well.

Add the rice , vegetables and stir to coat , add about half teaspoon salt

Mix  the stock cube, tomato paste into the water in a heat proof measuring jug and add into  the rice mix. Bring to a boil and then simmer over a medium heat till the rice absorbs all the liquid on the top. ,taste add a little salt if needed, stir it in.

Reduce heat and then  cover and cook 3-5 minutes and then  switch off heat. Leave covered for 5- 10 minutes, then fluff up the rice. Serve with any form or curry or with my mussama roast chicken


  1. I miss my parents really this time... even my aunt is not there, so it's just cousins... sometimes you want somebody from the elder generation to be around... Lovely traditions and this veg pilaf goes well with any good non-veg side...

  2. It's about lunch time here and I am getting hungry :-)) This is a simple yet great lunch idea.

  3. I never add turmeric to pilaf. I should try it next time. Pilaf is always a nice way to have vegetables in a disguised form:) I usually add all leftover vegetables I have:) and it makes an amazing lunch.


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