Cheat’s vegetarian pilaf

Cheat’s vegetarian pilaf
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Takes 10 min to make and 30 min to cook

Requiring minimum effort, this quick and easy pilaf recipe is perfect for a lazy night in.


  • 550g pack ready-prepared British roasting vegetables
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp baharat spice or ras el hanout
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots
  • 280g pack ready-cooked pilau rice
  • A handful mixed dried fruit and nuts
  • The juice of ½ lemon
  • A handful of fresh coriander leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan200°C/gas 7. Put the vegetables, cut into smaller chunks if large, on a baking tray and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tsp baharat spice or ras el hanout. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan with a knob of butter. Slice the shallots and fry for 10 minutes until softened and lightly coloured. Stir through the ready-cooked pilau rice and a handful mixed dried fruit and nuts. Cook for 5 minutes until warmed through.
  3. Squeeze over the juice of ½ lemon and stir through the warm roasted vegetables with a handful of fresh coriander leaves.

delicious. tips

  1. You could add lamb if you’re not vegetarian: Season and pan-fry 2 lamb leg steaks for 2-3 minutes each side until browned but still pink in the middle. Rest for 5 minutes, then slice and mix into the rice with the vegetables.


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