Romanian Vegetable Rice Pilaf Recipe - Pilaf de Orez cu Legume

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 plates (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
272 Calories
7g Fat
47g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 plates (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 522mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 6g
Calcium 41mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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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  • 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

Steps 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.

  3. Note: Pilaf can also be cooked in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes instead of on the stovetop.