king prawn and vegetable pilaf.

A really simple seafood recipe which is light, healthy and flavoursome. Above all, it's really easy to rustle up. There are lots of interpretations of the pilaf, ranging from Central Asian or Middle Eastern areas, namely Turkish to Persian. I'm no expert, but, in simple terms, what defines this from a Spanish paella or Indian biriyani for me is the use of rice and choice of ingredients. So this cheat recipe uses the likes of warming cardamom, cinnamon, lemon, turmeric and cumin for that distinctive colour and flavour. I've read they sometimes feature saffron too, if you're feeling fancy.

Shopping list.
Serves two generous portions
♥ 120g long grain rice
♥ One red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
♥ 50g frozen peas
♥ 50g broccoli, or a small head
♥ 150g jumbo king prawns, cooked
♥ 5 cardamom pods, crushed
♥ 1 tsp cinnamon
♥ 1 tsp turmeric
♥ 1 tsp ground cumin
♥ A squeeze of half a lemon, plus extra for serving

Step one. Boil your rice in a large saucepan as per the instructions, which is usually around 8-10 minutes.

Step two. Turn on your grill to a medium heat and grill the peppers for 5-8 minutes, until nicely charred.

Step three. When there are 5 minutes left on the rice, add in the broccoli and peas and continue to cook so the rice and vegetables are cooked at the same time.

Step four. Drain the rice and vegetables, stir through the grilled peppers, prawns and spices over a low heat until cooked through. Add lemon to taste.

Serve up piping hot.

Have you ever made a pilaf? Do you have any cheat recipes for pilafs and other rice dishes?


  1. Sounds a delight - easy to follow recipe ! Fool proof for me

  2. Wow! The end result seems luscious. Thanks for sharing such easy recipe to cook king prawn and vegetable pilaf. However, I found a similar recipe on PNT site. Now I have two methods to try my hands on!

  3. This looks fantastic I love paella and haven't had in such a long time