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Saffron & chickpea pilaf recipe

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Serve up a sumptuous side of rice. You can make this pilaf 1 hour before serving the main. Cover and set aside.

To Prep 0:10
To Cook 0:30


40g butter
1 brown onion, halved, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp saffron threads
400g (2 cups) long-grain white rice
1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
750ml (3 cups) chicken stock
Salt & freshly ground black pepper


Step 1 Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until foaming. Add onion and saffron and cook, stirring, for 6 minutes or until onion softens.

Step 2 Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the chickpeas and stock, and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside for 5 minutes to stand.

Step 3 Transfer to a large bowl to serve.


Energy 1091kJ    
Fat saturated 3.00g
Fat Total 6.00g    
Carbohydrate sugars g
Carbohydrate Total 45.00g    
Dietary Fibre g
Protein 6.00g    
Cholesterol mg
Sodium 491.79mg    

All nutrition values are per serve.


You can make this pilaf 1 hour before serving the main. Cover and set aside.

Australian Good Taste - October 2004 , Page 60
Recipe by Rodney Dunn

Photography by Ian Wallace 

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