This is comfort food at its best with mild flavors and it's simple to make. This is a very versatile dish: if you prefer, you can use almonds in place of the cashews, and cilantro in place of the parsley.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Bring 1-1/2 cups water to boil, add rice. Bring contents back to a boil, cover the pot and simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until rice is tender.

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  • Approximately 20 minutes before rice is finished cooking heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and saute them, stirring frequently until they soften. Add the garlic and carrots and continue stirring for 5 minutes.

  • Place mushrooms inside of skillet and cook until mushrooms begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cook 1 more minute.

  • When the rice is finished cooking pour the eggs into the skillet and cook the mixture, stirring constantly until the eggs are cooked. Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in pepper, parsley, and nuts.

  • Spoon the cooked rice into the skillet and stir well. Serve the pilaf hot with soy sauce on the side for added flavor.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; 17.1 g total fat; 116 mg cholesterol; 653 mg sodium. 54 g carbohydrates; 12.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
While I did alter this recipe a bit based on suggestions from others and our personal preferences it was still really good and I'm sure the original recipe is just as good! Here's what I did - I substituted pine nuts for the cashews omitted the mushrooms and chickpeas (my husband doesn't like them) added the spices & pine nuts when I sauted the onions & carrots and only used one egg. I think I ate four servings! (Note: I've made this a ton of times since my initial review and have been using chickpeas instead of nuts and omitting the eggs due to my kids' food allergies. So good! Plus it would make a great vegetarian meal since the chickpeas add protein.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2007
This was good. I added green peas instead of chickpeas and cashews because of preference. Will make again thanx! Read More
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153 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 99
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
While I did alter this recipe a bit based on suggestions from others and our personal preferences it was still really good and I'm sure the original recipe is just as good! Here's what I did - I substituted pine nuts for the cashews omitted the mushrooms and chickpeas (my husband doesn't like them) added the spices & pine nuts when I sauted the onions & carrots and only used one egg. I think I ate four servings! (Note: I've made this a ton of times since my initial review and have been using chickpeas instead of nuts and omitting the eggs due to my kids' food allergies. So good! Plus it would make a great vegetarian meal since the chickpeas add protein.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
While I did alter this recipe a bit based on suggestions from others and our personal preferences it was still really good and I'm sure the original recipe is just as good! Here's what I did - I substituted pine nuts for the cashews omitted the mushrooms and chickpeas (my husband doesn't like them) added the spices & pine nuts when I sauted the onions & carrots and only used one egg. I think I ate four servings! (Note: I've made this a ton of times since my initial review and have been using chickpeas instead of nuts and omitting the eggs due to my kids' food allergies. So good! Plus it would make a great vegetarian meal since the chickpeas add protein.) Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
Awesome is an understatement. I did make a few changes since we like spicy food. I sauteed the rice before cooking and used chicken broth. I sauteed onion chopped celery chopped carrots garlic and coarsely chopped mushrooms and added cayenne for bite. I replaced the chickpeas with vacuum packed corn and substituted pinon nuts for cashews. To die for. I served with pounded sauteed chicken breasts and frozen cut leaf spinach seasoned with rice vinegar. I will make time and time again. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2003
Oh wow this is awesome!! I had to modify a little bit...I sauteed onion celery carrots garlic and mushrooms added a little ground red pepper for kick and cooked the rice in chicken broth. DEEELICIOUS!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2004
THIS IS THE BEST RICE EVER. EXCELLENT. I FOLLOWED THE OTHER PERSONS SUBSTITUTION IDEAS. CORN INSTEAD OF CHICKPEAS BROTH INSTEAD OF WATER PINENUTS INSTEAD OF CASHEWS. IT TURNED OUT GREAT. SUPER HEALTHY AND SUPER HEARTY I WILL MAKE THIS A LOT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
This is a delicious recipe! The original recipe was a bit too mild tasting for our tastes so I added a little bit of soy sauce and hot sauce to the water for the rice. I also added a bit more salt some crushed red pepper flakes and a lot of fresh ground black pepper to the vegetables as they were cooking so that the spicy taste combined with the veggies during cooking. I omitted the eggs and parsely because I didn't have them but it turned out great anyway! This is the first time I've cooked with brown rice and the nutty taste of the brown rice was really good. The chickpeas also really added nutrition and taste to the dish. Next time I'm going to saute some tofu with the onions which will only add to the healthiness. This was a definite thumbs up and I'm going to make this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2004
This was wonderful. I omitted the mushrooms and cashews and added some red pepper since we like things spicy at our house. We served this as a side dish with salmon grilled in a ginger sesame sauce. It was a terrific compliment to the fish and would be great just to eat alone! Thanks for a recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2006
I was happy with the recipe it was not as bland as other reviewers said. I do agree that this dish tries to be more like fried rice than pilaf. I think I will do without the eggs next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2008
Made this for dinner last night as an accompanyment to my main dish of Calves' Liver with Sherry ( another great recipe from this site). I was trying to get a brown rice dish for this main coarse and the 'pilaf' caught my eye. Normally I don't use rice as my wife is not a rice fan but I had made another pilaf a while back ( From Tase of Home )that she really liked so tried this one (with some changes as others had suggested). I used a 14 oz. can of beef broth and a 10.5 oz. can of Cambells French Onion Soup instead of the water and extra virgin olive oil instead of butter. I left out the carrots salt mushrooms ( wife doesn't like them) and the chickpeas. I added 2 roasted red peppers ( for color )cut up into 3/4" pieces for the mushrooms and used a small can of corn in place of the chickpeas. also did not use soy sauce. Other than that I followed the cooking time exactly and the rice came out perfect. Wife said it was really good so you get 5 stars. And it went very well with the Liver dish. It is another keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2003
This was wonderful. I added a can of chopped water chestnuts as I like crunch. I also omitted the egg and replaced the butter with olive oil to make it vegan. Yummy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2007
This was good. I added green peas instead of chickpeas and cashews because of preference. Will make again thanx! Read More
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