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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mushroom Pilaf

Ages ago I signed up for the Veg Box Recipes email service.  Usually once a month they send out recipes for what is in season.  The last one I received had a recipe that caught my attention--Crunchy Mushroom Pilaf.  I love the combination of red lentils and rice, it is creamy, healthy, and oh so tasty. While I do not like the "crunchy" in the title, yesterday for I made it for dinner. I've linked up to the original recipe, and below I've written out how I changed it to suit my families tastes.

Mushroom Pilaf

Serves: 4
15ml/1tbsp oil
250g mushrooms, halved, quarter the big ones.  I used chestnut.
1 onion, chopped
5ml/1tsp ground cumin
2.5ml/1/2 tsp ground coriander
5ml/1tsp ground paprika
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100g/4oz split red lentils
225g/8oz brown rice
50g/2oz raisins
900ml/11/2pts vegetable stock plus two bullion cubes
75g bag watercress, roughly chopped
2.5ml/1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
50g/2oz raw cashews, roughly chopped
Salt and ground black pepper

Heat half of the oil in a large pan, add the mushrooms and sauté over a high heat for 4-5mins or until nicely browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining oil and onion to the pan and sauté for 5 mins.

Stir in the cumin, paprika, coriander and garlic, lentils, rice, and raisins. Cook, stirring for a minute. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30-40 mins or until the rice is tender.  When the rice was almost done I added the mushrooms back in, because I like them to soak up the flavor.  Add a little more water if the rice begins to stick.

Add watercress to the rice, stir well then cover and cook for a further 2mins until the watercress has wilted. Season to taste. Stir in the cashews and serve straight away.

This is a great recipe in the making.  I didn't really like the burst of sweetness from the raisins, but my husband did.  I am also not that keen on watercress I guess, so next time I will use spinach instead.  Over all, I will be sure to make this again, with a few alterations.  It is an excellent vegetarian meal.


  1. Hi Andria, this looks delicious to me, and I think I would like the raisins as I have tried other recipes with that little surprise addition and found it to be a good thing! Nice to meet you from Delectable Tuesdays! Linda

  2. What a delicious pilaf - I think I would like the raisins too - but the rest of my family would rather I leave them out. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  3. Looks delicious and it's so healthy!! I'm participating in the Waltz on by Wednesday blog hop and I’m now the newest follower of your great site. Hope you have a chance to check out my blog, have a look around and maybe follow me back!!

  4. Just Stopping by from TMTT. What a unique recipe. Cumin is my new favorite spice, it just gives everything a taste that makes you go, "hmmm... what is that." while I'm here rambing on I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

  5. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with Made From Scratch Tuesday!


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