Watercress brown rice pilaf
Watercress brown rice pilaf

Brown Rice Pilaf with, Watercress and Pine Nuts


November 7, 2017

Cooked in a seasoned broth, this delicious middle eastern dish will leave you feeling full and satisfied. The heightened fibre content of the brown rice will aid with high cholesterol and blood pressure, while the nutrition rich watercress adds a peppery kick.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: Serves 4


250 g brown basmati rice

700 ml vegetable stock

100 g pine nuts

100 g shiitake, chestnut or button mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp garam masala

2 tsp paprika

25 g butter (can be left out or swapped for vegan butter for vegan or dairy free option)

15 g watercress, roughly chopped

15 g rocket, roughly chopped

Juice of half a lemon

4 eggs

1 red chilli, finely diced

3 spring onions, finely chopped

100 ml white wine vinegar

2 tsp salt, plus more to taste

Black pepper


1Bring the vegetable stock to the boil.

2In the meantime, place a large frying pan on a medium high heat.

3Add the pine nuts and toast for a few minutes until lightly browned, tossing occasionally.

4Remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl.

5Return the pan to the heat. Add the chopped mushrooms and dry-fry, stirring occasionally, until they have released liquid and begun to brown.

6Remove from the pan and add to the bowl with the pine nuts.

7Add the vegetable oil to the pan and turn up the heat to high. Add the rice and stir to coat thoroughly with the oil.

8Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the onions and continue to cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent. add the pine nuts, mushrooms and spices and remove from the heat.

9Carefully add the rice mixture to the saucepan with the stock along with 2 tsp of salt and a pinch of ground black pepper.

10Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat, and cover the pan. cook for around 40 minutes or until the rice is tender.

11Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

12While the rice is standing, bring another pan of water to the boil then add the white wine vinegar.

13Once the water has boiled again, turn down to a gentle simmer and carefully crack in the four eggs. Cook the eggs in the simmering water for 3.5 minutes, then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on some paper towel.

14To serve, stir the watercress, rocket, lemon juice, chilli, spring onion and butter into the brown rice, adding seasoning to taste. Split evenly between four serving bowls and top each with a poached egg, finishing with a sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper. Serve immediately.


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