Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf


by: Gourmandelle

I made this recipe especially for those of you who are always on the run and want something healthy to eat. This recipe is ready really fast and feeds 8 people! Tips for cooking rice pilaf: How do you know how much water you need to add? Easy! 3 times the amount of rice. It’s a 1:3 ratio. Also, boil the rice only for a couple of minutes then remove from heat and cover with a lid. This way it will absorb all the water and you’ll never have to worry again about burning the rice.


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serves: 6-8

1 cup rice (I used white rice You can use round brown rice, it’s healthier)

3 cups water

1 big onion, diced

1 medium carrot, grated

1 big red bell pepper, diced

1 tsp sweet paprika (optional - it gives a lovely reddish color)

sea salt, to taste

1/4 tsp ground pepper

3 tbsp unrefined oil (I used sunflower oil, you can use any type of oil you like as long as it doesn’t have a very strong flavor; unrefined cold-pressed oils are healthier)

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories: 205

  • Total Fat: 7.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 13.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  •     Sugars: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g

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1.  Heat the oil in a large pan. Add chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes.

2.  Add grated carrot and diced pepper.

3.  Add the rice along with 3 cups of water. Stir until all ingredients are evenly spread. Add paprika, salt and pepper.

4.  Let it boil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let it rest until all water is absorbed by the rice (10-15 minutes).

5.  Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!

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