Broadbean Rice Pilaf

Broadbean Rice Pilaf

Broadbean Rice Pilaf 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Embrace summer with this Middle Easter Broad-Bean Rice Pilaf or impress your friends and family with a Middle Eastern twist to your occasion. Easy simple and delicious, this is also the best weeknight dinner ready in a flash with loads of flavour.

Broad-Bean Rice Pilaf is superb served with some roasted tomatoes or a creamy natural yogurt. I have had so much wonderful feedback on my rice dishes and this simple recipe using frozen broad beans is sure to become yet another favourite meal for your family.

broad bean rice pilaf served in a bowl


  • 750 grams of fresh (young beans with tender stalks), or frozen broad beans
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 long fresh red chili finely diced
  • 1 bunch of coriander finely chopped (approximately 1 cup)

Cooked White Rice

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1½ cups of water

broad bean rice pilaf served in a bowl

Cook’s Note

*Broad Beans are an excellent source of protein and fibre. They have loads of health benefits
*Broad beans are also known as Fava Beans
*The outer skin can only be eaten in very young beans. Otherwise, it’s the seeds within the pods that you want to eat.  If the outer skin is rough, remove and use the beans only.
*If the stalks have strings, remove them prior to cutting them.
*Leftover rice is perfect for this recipe
*You can make the rice in a rice cooker


Step 1.  
De-string the broad beans and roughly cut them into bite-size pieces. (see Cook’s Note above for tender broad beans). Place in a bowl of water.  Set aside.

To make the rice, place rice in a sieve and wash until water runs clear. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a non-stick pot, add rice, season with salt and stir well.  Add boiling water, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.  Simmer on low for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Step 2. 
To make the broad-beans. heat olive oil in a non-stick pot over medium heat, add chopped onions, chili, and garlic, and sauté until translucent. Add the wet broad-beans (add ½ a cup of the water only if using frozen beans).  Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes or until broad beans are cooked through.

adding broadbeans to sauteed onions

Step 3. 
Add the cooked rice and chopped coriander to the broad bean mixture and stir through.

adding cooked rice the broadbean mixture

This dish is best served with natural yogurt or a super herb salad

broad bean rice pilaf served in a bowl

Serves 4-6

Why you will love this Rice;

Simple and delicious
Loaded with flavour

Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health –