Spiced bulghar pilaf with fish

Spiced bulghar pilaf with fish

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Use sustainable white fish in this North African-inspired rice one-pot with harissa and apricot - full of iron, fibre and 2 of your 5 -a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal416
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre7g
  • protein37g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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  • 2 onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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  • 3 carrot, grated
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 tsp cumin seed
  • 2 tbsp harissa
    Harissa

    Harissa

    ha-riss-ah

    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 200g bulghar wheat
  • 6 dried apricot, chopped
  • 700ml weak chicken stock (we made using 1 stock cube)
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 4 firm white fish fillets
  • 4 thin lemon slices
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a lidded flameproof casserole dish. Tip in the onions and cook for 10 mins until soft and golden. Add the carrots and cumin, and cook for 2 mins more. Stir through the harissa, bulghar and apricots, pour over the stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 7 mins.

  2. Add the spinach and stir through until just wilted. Arrange the fish fillets on top, pop a slice of lemon on each and season. Replace the lid and cook for 8 mins, keeping over a low-ish heat.

  3. Turn heat to low and cook for 7-8 mins more until the fish is cooked through and the bulghar is tender. Season with pepper and serve.

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Comments (35)

toritori's picture
5

this was lovely-was a bit wary as bulgar ive had in the past has been bland but this was yummy!makes a big portion too!i used ground cumin, not seeds and added celery & pepper instead of aprictos -this would be good as a side or with diced chicken in too

wouldnt let me pick stars -5 from me!

stormyraincloud's picture
4

This is lovely. I used couscous, didn't have bulghar wheat, never heard of it to be honest, and it isn't something I usually have in, but couscous is, so...
Really tasty, didn't have apricots though, but don't think I'll bother with them. The harissa paste is wonderful, definitely make it again.

a_mann's picture
5

Amazing and super easy!

helena1980's picture
5

Brilliant recipe - easy and extremely tastey

picklestick's picture
5

Loved this. Very tasty. I also used half the amount of Harrisa and it still had a bit of spice, but not overpowering.

I had the left over mix with a fried egg for lunch the following day and it went very well with the egg.

yvonnelove's picture
5

Make this last night pretty much exactly to the recipe and it was delicious! I did add in a red pepper and didn't have cumin seeds so had to use ground cumin which didn't take from it. I will be making this again very soon!

nickythomas42's picture

This is absolutely delicious! A lovely combination and something interesting to do with white fish.

eleanormayo's picture
5

Made this last night for friends and we all loved it! I used veggie stock and left out the apricots (not a fan myself!). Would definitely recommend as a healthy, slightly unusual dish.

katiekates's picture
5

Delicious! So easy to make and such interesting textures and flavours. Perfect for a cold November night. Will definitely make this again, and soon!

maryechappell's picture
5

Liked this dish, different and interesting, but the harissa I get is very strong and I would only add 1 tsp for 4 people. Otherwise made it just as you said.

seonaid's picture
5

Really lovely.

ylowen's picture
5

Absolutely lovely. Made this with River Cobbler (£2 for 2 fillets) so a very cheap meal that tasted fantastic!

tonykerr's picture
5

Quick, easy and very tasty, added a tin of chickpeas too. Will certainly be making again.

lannie's picture
5

found this really quick and simple to make and tasted lovely!!
i didnt have any harrissa paste so i made a paste of crushed chilli (minus the seeds) corriander paste and cumin
also didnt have any apricots so used half a yellow pepper. loved it!

jweg1210's picture
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Surprised nobody else has tried this yet - it is very good. As it was cooking my inarticulate 14yr old son commented that it was 'beautiful'. I forgot to buy bulghar wheat, but had giant couscous in the cupboard, which worked very well. And unless you are made of very stern stuff I'd only use 1 tbsp of harissa.

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