Chickpea And Vegetable Pilaf

Rice And Vegetable Supper Recipe with Chickpeas and Vegetables
Easy One Pot Supper


Pilaf or pilau, is traditionally a middle eastern a dish cooked with seasoned rice involving meat or vegetables. It tends to have specific variations in method and meaning in different countries and cuisine traditions.

Pilaf recipes can often be cooked as a ‘one-pot’ recipe which can be very convenient, as there is one pot into which everything must go at varying intervals. It also, of course, results in less washing up! You can vary the ingredients according to what you like. If you like the idea of a pilaf recipe, you may also enjoy Cauliflower Pilaf.

Courgettes And Seasonal Vegetables

This recipe makes the most of carrots and courgettes in season and I also used garlic cloves harvested from my garden. If you want to make this when courgettes are not plentiful, you could use another green vegetable instead. Frozen peas could easily be added too.

I prefer to use basmati rice as I think it tastes better, better, but you can use ordinary long grain rice, or even risotto rice. For the best flavour, do not buy ‘easy cook’ rice. Wash the rice thoroughly in cold water and drain before using.

I cook this recipe in a very large frying pan. It is a pan I use for most of the hob dishes from Spaghetti Bolognese, pasta sauce to Spanish Omelette.

Chickpea And Vegetable Pilaf

Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g / 7oz Basmati rice, washed and drained
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 800ml / 1 1/2 pints stock
  • 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, coriander, cumin
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 14oz / 400g tin chickpeas
  • 115g / 4oz unsalted cashew nuts

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan

  2. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes

  3. Add the garlic

  4. Add the rice, stir and cook for a minute

  5. Add the spices

  6. Add the stock and stir thoroughly

  7. Add the carrots and courgette

  8. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Add more stock if necessary

  9. Add the chick peas and cashews and cook for a further 5 minutes

  10. Serve hot

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  1. says

    The vegetable and chick pea pilaf was a deliciously simple supper dish which I enjoyed tonight. Most of the ingredients I had in stock but I substituted a couple of the spices, Turmeric added to the beautiful colours. The chick peas and especially the cashew nuts gave the dish a nice ‘bite’. I have some left over and I imaginge the flavours will have had intensified tomorrow – I look forward to a lunch treat. Although a spicy rice dish it was very welcome on a hot balmy evening accompanied by a chilled glass of Chilean Savingon Blanc – thank you

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