Home-Style Brown Rice Pilaf


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.

4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms

  • 1 cup chickpeas

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped cashews


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

409 Calories
17g Fat
54g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 628mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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