I’m not great at following recipes. I’m not sure if this is because I’m too lazy to read them properly or if it’s because I tend to be a little bit experimental in the kitchen. Let’s go with the later.
Tonight, I made this very simple Moroccan style Chickpea Pilaf with Feta and Falafels. I got the inspiration from taste.com.au‘s recipe for Chickpea Pilaf with Haloumi and of course, gave it my own twist. And, it was great. It had lots of flavour and textures, as well as being quite light and fresh.
Note, I generally cook for one. So, this is way too much food for me. However, I intend to use the rice mixture in other dishes throughout the week (not too long though as rice can go bad)… such as roasted stuffed capsicums and tuna cakes.
- 2 cups of Basmati Rice
(alternatively, you could use Brown Rice, Quinoa or Cous Cous)
- 2 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock (optional, can use water)
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 2 medium to large Brown Onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup of Shredded Almonds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Moroccan Seasoning
- 400gm can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 bunch of Coriander, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup of Pistachios, roughly chopped
- Pre-made Falafels, preferably organic – prepare as per instructions
- Marinated Feta
What to do
- Cook the rice via your preferred method. For this, I used a rice cooker and stock instead of water.
- Heat the Olive Oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the Onion (stir often) for 10 minutes or until light golden. Stir in the Moroccan Seasoning and Shredded Almonds and cook for another 1 minute.
- Add the cooked Rice and Chickpeas. Stir till the ingredients are mixed through (you want the colour of the Onions and Seasoning to coat the rice).
- Now, you can either add all the Coriander and Pistachios at this stage, or if you are making a smaller batch like I was, add your desired serving to a bowl and add Coriander and Pistachios to taste.
- Top with Falafels and Marinated Feta.
- I also added a few spoons of the Oil from the Feta to add some moistness to the Falafels and a little extra kick. Alternatively, you could squeeze some Lemon on top.
- Finally, take a picture, share on Instagram and dive in!
Let me know how you go or if you used your own variation.
Image by House of Turtle