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Rice Pilaf with Vegetable Spices

Rice Pilaf with Vegetable Spices

A pilaf is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. The proportions couldn’t be simpler: one cup of raw vegetables for every cup of rice. This most comforting recipe makes a great side dish.

Simply choose whichever vegetables are in season, are in your fridge or from the garden. Tomatoes and sweet peppers are favorite additions chez nous.


  • 6 Tbsp Ghee or Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½  cup Celery, diced
  • ½  cup Green Peas
  • ½ cup Onions, chopped
  • ½ cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 Bay leaf (West-Indian if possible)
  • 2 cups Parboiled Rice
  • Juice of one Lime or Lemon
  • Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Spices blend, ground


  1. 1

    In a heavy pan, heat the ghee on medium heat. Add the cumin and brown for a few seconds. Add the vegetables, vegetable spices blend and the bay leaf.

  2. 2

    Cook until the vegetables become aromatic and slightly wilted (5 to 6 minutes).

  3. 3

    Add the rice and cook a few minutes stirring constantly until the rice is infused and golden.

  4. 4

    Pour in three cups of water. Add the salt and the lime juice. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat on the burner.

  5. 5

    Cook for 20 minutes, turn off the burner and let rest 15 minutes before serving.