Chickpea Vegetable Rice Pilaf - A perfect simple side dish for when you fancy something a bit more flavourful than plain steamed rice.
Simple Rice Pilaf
Have I mentioned how much I love rice? It's probably one of my go-to sides because it's super easy to cook and really filling too when combined with other foods. A great side for saucy dishes like curries and chilli etc.
Rice Pilaf just has a lot more flavour to regular rice, because it's usually cooked in a stock or broth and with some vegetables. It's actually so yummy I could eat a bowl of this own it's own.
Chickpea Rice Pilaf
Adding some chickpeas to the rice adds some fibre and protein, and as I always have a can of chickpeas on hand in my pantry cupboard, it's was a great item to add into this pilaf.
I love the texture they add also. Probably one of my favourite legumes
SUBSTITUTE FOR CHICKPEAS
But what if you don't like chickpeas or don't have any on hand? No worries, you can either leave those out and just stick with the vegetables.
Or some great substitutes for chickpeas are:
- Green or Brown Lentils (cooked/canned) – I don’t recommend red lentils as they will go mushy whereas green and brown hold their shape.
Any beans of choice such as:
- Great Northern Beans or Cannelini
- Butter Beans/Lima Beans
- Pinto Beans
so many different varieties to choose from.
Vegetables for Rice Pilaf
For this Chickpea Vegetable Rice Pilaf, the vegetables I added were:
- red pepper
- zucchini (courgette)
some other great suggestions are:
- different coloured peppers
- little cubes of butternut squash
- different herbs
- finely diced tomato
or use whatever you fancy.
Main Dishes to serve with Chickpea Vegetable Rice Pilaf
One of my favourite recipes to serve with this Rice Pilaf is this delicious Oven Baked Salmon with Tomatoes, it just pairs amazingly well with the sauce and fish.
But it is a great side for a variety of dishes, especially those containing Fish, Shrimp (Prawns) or Chicken.
More Rice Side Dishes
Love rice side dishes like this? Check out some of my other recipes:
- Zucchini Rice Pilau
- Sweetcorn Rice Pilau
- Egg Fried Rice
- Lime and Coriander Rice
- Mexican Rice
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Rice
- Red Pepper Coriander Rice
- Mixed Vegetable Rice
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- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- half small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup (180g) of long grain rice
- 2.25 cups (540ml) of chicken or vegetable stock
- zest and juice of a lemon
- ½ red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 small zucchini, finely chopped
- 1 cup (240ml) of canned chickpeas, drained
- salt and black pepper to season
- cooking oil spray (I used avocado)
- chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
- Spray a deep frying pan with spray oil, add the garlic and onion and fry for a couple of minutes till lightly golden
- Add the rice, red pepper, zucchini and chickpeas and lemon zest, lemon juice and spray with a little more spray oil and fry for about 1 more minute.
- Add the stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer till stock is absorbed.
- When the liquid is all absorbed, turn off heat but leave covered for 10-12 minutes, the steam trapped underneath will continue to cook the rice.
- Once the 10-12 minutes is up, you can stir and season with salt and black pepper, and stir through some chopped cilantro (coriander).
- Serve with your choice of main dish and enjoy!!
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, Slimming World or Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - syn free per serving
- Green WW Smart Points - 6 per serving
- Blue WW Smart Points - 5 per serving
- Purple WW Smart Points - 5 per serving
- Gluten Free - use gluten free stock
- Vegetarian/Vegan - use vegetable stock
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 249Total Fat 1.4gSaturated Fat 0.1gCarbohydrates 51.8gFiber 4.5gSugar 3.3gProtein 7.2g