Thursday, January 3, 2008

Nohutlu Pilav (Turkish Rice with Chick Peas)

My Turkish-born husband makes this to add a little protein to rice, and the kids eat it up. I thought I'd post it in case anybody is looking for something different to do with their rice. This is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and egg-free (GFCFSFEF).

All you do is add 1 can of drained garbanzo beans (AKA chick peas) to your rice once you turn your rice down to low.

And for those of you who aren't rice-savvy (it's very easy to make rice, but there's a first time for everybody!), here are the step-by-step directions:

Put 4 cups of water into a pot on high heat. Add some salt to taste (we like ours pretty salty to make up for the butter we no longer use!). Once the water boils, add 2 cups of rice. Stir a couple of times. Once the water boils again, turn the heat to low and cover. Once the boiling subsides and the rice is just sitting there soaking up the water on low, add in your garbanzo beans on top. Don't stir. Re-cover the pot. Cook on low for 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed (stick a spoon or fork down the side of the pan and lift up a bit to see if the bottom rice is still wet or if it has absorbed the water).

That's it! For less rice, use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice.

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