Quinoa rice pilau with dill & roasted tomatoes

Quinoa rice pilau with dill & roasted tomatoes

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 4 - 6
Whip up a quinoa rice marvel in minutes - it's superhealthy and counts as 1 of 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal412
  • fat22g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 sticks celery, sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 100g basmati rice (brown or white)
  • 140g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped seeds (although more similarly treated like grains) with a little tail…

  • 2 x 20g packs dill, chopped
  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • white fish, such as sea bass, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and some seasoning. Roast for 15 mins, remove and set aside.

  2. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion, celery, cumin and garlic, then season to taste. Fry on a medium heat for 10 mins until golden. Add the rice, quinoa, dill and stock. Cover with a lid and cook for 12-15 mins or until the rice is soft. Add the tomatoes and pine nuts, and gently stir through. Serve with white fish or a green salad.

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30th Jan, 2012
I don't usually leave comments but this was so good I had to! My husband and I both loved it and will be making this again, it was really, really good! The kids liked it too.
30th Oct, 2011
I did this without the fish as a light lunch. Mine didn't look as attractive as the picture, but it tasted a lot better than it looked. Everyone liked it, and wants it again. If it had looked like the picture it would have been 5 stars.
8th Jul, 2011
Delicious, healthy, agree with everyone that less dill is better (I used half of that in the recipe). I also added red pepper instead of celery as that's what I had handy. Very popular with my partner, will do again for sure.
17th Apr, 2011
Everyone enjoyed this and would have again. Fresh was the way it was described. Used a leek as well just because I had one and salmon instead of white fish. Agree the leftovers were delicious.
26th Feb, 2011
Made this yesterday for lunch - really delish! Only used half the dill (ie 20g) which I thought was just right and added extra quinoa rather than rice, as my husband isn't a rice fan. Served with pan-fried tilapia, which was lovely, but I think something like sea bass would work better. Left-overs taste divine cold - this recipe would make a great salad too!
25th Sep, 2010
Perfect side dish for a lovely bit of fish! I was worried that the dill might be too much. The flavour was strong but in a good way. My tip to get everything to cook in the same time is to use "easy cook" rice.
3rd Jun, 2010
The first time i made this i didn't have any dill but i thought it was delicious anyway. I just bought some dill and taking the advice from a couple of other posts I only used about 5 grams but i found it a bit over powering. It is still ok with lots of green salad but i think i will cut it out or replace with coriander next time. Overall really easy to make, loads left over for lunch and very tasty.
1st Oct, 2009
Forgot to rate !
1st Oct, 2009
Amazing ! My boyfriend who doesnt particularly like fish or anything like Quinoa (or even brown rice) even thought this dish was fab. ! Restaurant food at home. Will be cooking this next time we're entertaining !
4th Aug, 2009
Oh, changed something else - used dried dill on the fish instead - didn't have any fresh dill.


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