Romanian Vegetable Rice Pilaf Recipe - Pilaf de Orez cu Legume

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 plates (4 servings)

This recipe for Romanian vegetable rice pilaf or pilaf de orez cu legume (PEE-lahf deh AW-rrez koo leh-GOO-meh) can be made with chicken or vegetable stock and your choice of veggies.

Pilafs are common throughout the world but have their origins in the Middle East and Central Asia. Known as pilaf, pilau, perloo, peelaf, perlau and polow, among others, it is made with rice or another grain. The secret to a great rice pilaf is to coat the grains in hot fat, add chopped herbs, meat, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and seasonings of choice, and boiling stock.

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What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 peeled and finely grated carrot
  • 4 ounces finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup rice (do not rinse)
  • 2 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons Delikat or seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a medium lidded saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, carrot and mushrooms, cooking until onion is translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice, coating the grains, and toasting until the tips turn white.
  2. Mix hot stock with Delikat or Aromat or Vegeta and parsley. Pour into pan with rice. Stir once and bring to a boil. Stir one more time, reduce heat and cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until rice has absorbed the liquid.
  1. Note: Pilaf can also be cooked in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes instead of on the stovetop.
  2. Serve with Romanian frigarui (kebabs).