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


  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved



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

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
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    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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4th Aug, 2009
Mmm, mmm, mmm: this dish makes delightful eating. Changed the recipe only by grilling the tomatoes alongside sea bass instead of roasting. Quinoa is wonderful for its versatility and slight nuttiness - will definitely make again, and is good cold in a salad the next day too.
8th Jul, 2009
Sorry, forgot to rate!
8th Jul, 2009
Really good receipe with great textures and flavours. Would have to agree with Vivi though in that I also thought that there was too much dill, so will definitely be reducing that next time.
27th Jun, 2009
The sea bass really complemented this dish and the roasted cherry tomatoes tasted wonderful. However 40g dill gave the pilau too aniseed a flavour in the opinion of my husband and myself, so I'll try halving the quantity of dill next time. My son liked it however - so I think it must be a matter of taste. I chose to use brown basmati rice with a cooking time of 25 minutes. Adding it at the same time as the quinoa meant that the quinoa was cooked 10 minutes before the rice and all the stock evaporated, so I had to add more stock. In future I'll cook the rice for 10 minutes before adding it.
11th Mar, 2009
Simply divine. I have made this over and over again and is a hit with everyone who has eaten it. Very tasty and very healthy. A real winner.
10th Apr, 2008
This is a great recipe. Instead of white fish I served it with slices of grilled halloumi. Yumm.
23rd Dec, 2007
This is so tasty, very easy I would highly recomend it


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