Moroccan Spiced Pilaf Recipe

May 2, 2012 by

Moroccan Spiced PilafThis is one of my favourite veggie dishes. I often cook this as a side dish, but it works equally well as a main. I didn’t use the raisins in this version, so if you don’t like them, just leave them out.

Serves 6

  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2 large brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbs moroccan seasoning
  • 1/3 cup raisins, chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups finely chopped spinach
  • 1 large handful fresh herbs such as coriander, mint and parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup nuts, such as pistacios, raw cashews and raw peanuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup water

Cook the rice as per packet instructions. Set aside. I used jasmine rice tonight because Tim thinks basmasti is “too dry”. Jasmine rice is harder to work with in this dish but it ended up actually being just as good as basmati.Brown the onions

Add the oil and butter to a large frypan on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 15 minutes until the onions and soft and lightly golden.

Add the spice mixture

Add the moroccan seasoning and raisins and fry for about 1 minute or until aromatic. The reason you need so much butter and oil is so there is enough moisture to distribute the spice mix through the onions and the onions through the rice.

Stir through the rice

Stir through the rice into the spiced onion mixture until it is well coated and changes to a golden colour. Add the chickpeas and the water, then cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

Add the spinach and lemon zest

Add the spinach and lemon zest and stir until well combined. During that time it will wilt. Add in the nuts and herbs and stir until combined.

Add the nuts and herbs




  1. Izzy

    Yumo this looks delicious I’m cooking this tonight!

  2. Zara

    Tried this today, turned out well. Didn’t have zest or nuts on hand but still tasted good. Thanks for the recipie.

  3. Cat

    Glad you liked it Zara! Definitely try it again with the nuts at least – they really change the texture of the dish and it works so well. I am not normally a big nut eater, but I love nuts in pilafs and pilaus.

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