Baked Rice Pilaf

Wednesday 1 November 2017

This dish today is not only delicious and simple to make, but also very healthy and economical!  Not to mention colourful!

The hardest part is the grating of the carrot and chopping of the onion and celery!  I kid you not!

After you have that done, you just stir everything together and pour it into a baking dish.

Cover it tightly with foil and bang it into the oven.  It basically cooks itself.  You do have to give it a stir halfway through the cooking, but that's not a problem!

At the end of the cooking time you are rewarded with a delicious perfectly cooked rice pilaf that is loaded with colour, veg and fibre!

You don't have to use carrots if you don't like them.  I have grated broccoli stems before, or used frozen sliced green beans, frozen peas and corn, whatever you like!

It goes with just about everything.  I even like eating this all on it's own!  The leftovers make a nice lunch/snack with some cooked chicken stirred in, it goes down a real treat.

Great with stews or grills or roasts, this always goes down well with everyone I serve it to!

*Baked Rice Pilaf*
Serves 4
 A healthy baked pilaf that is simple to make and goes very well with fish, poultry and most meats.

420ml boiling water (1 3/4 cups)
2 large carrots, peeled and grated (about 1 cup)
2 stalks celery, washed, trimmed and chopped (about 1 cup)
160g uncooked long grain rice (3/4 cup)
3 TBS minced fresh flat leaf parsley
2 TBS finely chopped onion
2 TBS butter, melted
1 chicken stock pot or 1 TBS instant chicken bouillion granules

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Have ready an 8 inch square baking dish.  Combine all of the ingredients and pour into the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and give it a good stir.  Recover and bake for a further 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed.  let stand for a few minutes prior to serving.  Serve hot. 

We had this the other night with some chunky fish fingers, and steamed broccoli/cauliflower and some crazy yellow carrots I had bought!  It was really good.  And the dog enjoyed some as well.  It was a pretty healthy dish for her as well!  I hope you will try it and like it!  Happy November and Bon Appetit!


  1. Hello Marie. This looks quite delicious, but although I consider myself a decent cook I have never, ever been able to produce good rice! Do you rinse the rice before mixing everything together and baking? Whenever I cook rice in any way it ends up very starchy and sticky so I'm clearly doing something wrong. Just wondering how this dish ends up so perfectly dry and fluffy looking! Many thanks.

    1. I don@ usually Nicola unless I am using a artisanal rice like Basmati. this is just Uncle Bens long grain rice. It says on the box, cooks in ten minutes so it is probably already partially processed. For any other rice, I would definitely rinse! xo PS - this is really TASTY!

    2. Excellent, thank you, I will use the Uncle Ben's long grain. Sounds like I might be about to have my first rice success :)

    3. Sorry for the delay in responding Nicola! I hope it worked out well for you! xo

  2. We all have our tried and true way..and I know for a fact the wattage and power in a micro can make or break it..for yrs I have made long grain.. 5 minutes high 15 med..perfet..basmati.. w/ a paper towel between lid and base of pyrex..9 minutes high..we have had 3 micros in our 45 yrs..every time..the time needs to be adjusted..we have the Panasonic Inverter since oh almost 2 yrs..10 minutes..and the whole unit fogs up:(I feel it's a defct..Jacques never returns anything lol.

    1. XI have been making perfect rice in my pampered chef rice cooker for years now also. We have an inverter microwave now also, but haven’t done rice in it yet! I will have to try and see how it comes out! Xo

  3. I make a similar dish using rice and beans. I’ve kept this link once again ready for menu planning. I like dishes like these that are good for you, filling, tasty and easy.

    1. Well, this fits all those bills for sure Kylie! xo


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