Chickpea and Vegetable Pilaf

This is a simple and tasty recipe for a one pot meal, the spices are fun and the same spice blend can be added to Greek yogurt with grated cucumber. 


  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • one can of chickpeas
  • one cup of frozen mixed vegetables, 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger garlic paste 
  • 2 cups of rice (any but basmati is my favorite for this dish)
  • 4 cups of water 
  • a pinch of cumin seeds
spice blend - 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon parsley, 1/4 of teaspoon chipotle pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and coriander powder, salt and pepper to taste.


  1. mix the spice blend with a little oil, add a little to yogurt for later, 
  2. then add a little canola or olive oil to a pan and sauté the onions and cumin seeds for about 5 minutes, add the ginger/garlic paste and the spice blend
  3. then add the frozen vegetables and cook another few minutes, 
  4. add the chickpeas and rice, with the water, turn down to simmer for about 20-25 minutes, with a lid.
  5. check periodically to see how the rice is cooking and add a little water as needed. 
This is a fun quick one pot meal and makes a great packed lunch. 

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