Veggie pilaf with toasted nuts & feta

by Jamie Oliver
Veggie pilaf with toasted nuts & feta


2 cloves of garlic
1 leek
1 carrot
1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
olive oil
75 g dried cranberries and raisins
300 ml vegetable stock
½ teaspoon turmeric
150 g basmati or jasmine rice
1 lime
20 g shelled pistachios
50 g feta cheese
2 tablespoons yoghurt


Peel and finely slice the garlic, trim, wash and finely chop the leek, then peel and halve the carrot lengthways and finely slice at an angle. Pick the parsley leaves, putting aside for later and finely chop the stalks. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick pan on a medium heat, add the chopped vegetables and parsley stalks, then cook gently with the lid on for 10 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, roughly chop the dried fruit. Pour the stock into a medium pan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. When the vegetables have softened, add the turmeric and rice. Add the fruit, fry for a couple of minutes on a high heat, then pour in the stock, stir and bring to the boil. Cover with tight-fitting lid, turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid. Turn off the heat and leave the pan to one side with the lid on. Meanwhile, put a small non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, scatter in the nuts and toast until lightly golden. Take off the heat, tip onto a board, roughly chop then put to the side. Roughly chop the parsley leaves. Finely grate the lime zest into the pilaf, squeeze in the juice, season well, then fluff up the rice with a fork. Divide the pilaf between plates, scattering over the nuts and parsley. Crumble over the feta, then finish with a dollop of yoghurt.

Recipe by Jamie Oliver.

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