Basic Coconut Oil Pilaf
You can use quinoa, rice, farro, bulgur wheat, or pearled barley to prepare this Basic Coconut Oil Pilaf recipe.
- Servings: 4
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 to 30 minutes
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup quinoa
1 ¾ cup chicken bone broth or 1 cup chicken bone broth
¾ cup filtered water
Heat medium-sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add coconut oil and melt until it ripples but does not smoke. Hot but not scorching.
Add quinoa and stir rapidly for 1 minute until it is hot and starts to look opaque. Add liquids, stirring to make sure all grains are in the liquid. Cover, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until holes appear and liquid is mostly gone (about 20 to 25 minutes).
Remove from heat and allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Larger grains, like barley, may take slightly longer to cook. Use a fork to test their firmness or tenderness. When making salads from grains, don’t let them get too soft, rather stop them cooking when they are still slightly chewy.
The quinoa version of this basic recipe is a great side for grilled salmon or baked chicken. You can also garnish the grains after they cook with chopped scallions, fresh chopped parsley, mint, dill, or pretty much any of your favorite fresh green herbs.
Dill, mint, lemon juice and a little lemon zest are a great combination for serving with fish and chicken. Mint and chopped apple with a touch of cumin or other warm spices added to a barley pilaf are excellent with roasted chicken or pork. Pilafs just make sides a whole lot more fun.
Pilaf is one of the four main methods for cooking rice. Though many grains are also cooked using this method, in this lesson, we are going to focus on using rice, which is generally the most common. Pilaf is very popular in Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisines.
The pilaf method is similar to the steaming method; however, the rice or grain is first sautéed, often with aromatics, before any liquid is added. For this reason, pilafs are highly flavorful. Pilafs frequently contain added ingredients to create a more substantial meal.
Originally posted 2020-08-05 09:26:21.