Guilt-free pilaff

Photograph:  Harry Weir

Photograph: Harry Weir

Sat, Jan 2, 2021, 05:55

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 45 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Irish


  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 100g Puy lentils
  • 50g raisins
  • 250g basmati rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 strips orange peel
  • 700ml chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper


1 Set the oven to 180 degrees.

2 Put the oil and butter into a pot. Add the onion, then cook over a gentle heat for five minutes until the onion starts to soften.

3 Add the garam masala and cook for a little longer, then add the lentils, raisins, rice, bay leaves and orange.

4 Turn everything around in the pot then add the stock. Season and bring to a simmer.

5 Cover the pot and put in the oven for 20 minutes.

6 Remove from the oven and fluff up the rice with a fork. 

7 Serve in warm bowls.