- 250g basmati rice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
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- 1 onion, thinly sliced
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- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
- ½ tsp allspice
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 400ml chicken stock
- small bunch dill, chopped
- 140g frozen broad beans or soya beans, defrosted under hot water
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- 50g toasted pine nuts
Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then drain. Heat the oil in a medium pan and fry the onion for 5 mins. Stir in the chicken, allspice and tomato purée, and cook for 2 mins more. Add the rice, stock and half the dill, then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat slightly and simmer for 8 mins.
Stir in the beans and cook for 2-3 mins more until the rice is cooked and liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the pine nuts and remaining dill with some seasoning.
Prawn & bean pilau
Leave out the chicken and add 1 tbsp medium curry powder instead of the allspice. Swap the dill for 1 small bunch coriander. After the rice has cooked for 8 mins, add 150g small, raw peeled prawns with the beans. Finish cooking as above, then stir through the coriander and 50g toasted almonds instead of pine nuts.