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Savory Rice Pilaf
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Savory Rice Pilaf

Recipe Type

Pilaf is a savory dish which can be made with rice or wheat.



  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 cup onion, fresh, peeled, ¼ inch diced 
  • 1 cup brown rice, parboiled, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped 
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or less)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice, dried and ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, dried and ground 
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, dried and ground
    Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Nonstick cooking spray 


Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat oil on medium high in a large skillet. Add onions and sauté until tender, about three minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add uncooked rice, almonds, salt, allspice, turmeric, curry powder and black pepper. Stir constantly until rice is yellow and almonds and seasonings are lightly toasted, about one to two minutes. Do not burn. Stir in vegetable broth. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Lightly coat a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed. Fluff the rice gently with a fork.

Note: If using a rice pot, use the pot’s rice and liquid measurements to make 3 cups rice. 

Dietary and Nutrition


Whole grains are made from the entire kernel and include the germ, bran and endosperm. Refined grains are milled so the germ and bran are removed. Refined grain products include white bread, white flour and white rice. These products usually have a finer texture and longer shelf life.

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Make at least Half Your Grains Whole Grains (FN726, Reviewed Dec. 2021)

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Now You're Cookin': More Whole Grains! (FN695, Reviewed August 2021)

Children who eat more often with their families eat a healthier diet, including more grains, fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.