Turkish pilaf with saffron & goji berries

Turkish pilaf with saffron & goji berries

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins - 40 mins


Serves 2
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Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal454
  • fat16g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre7g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • generous pinch of saffron



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 3 tsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 200g diced skinless turkey thigh
  • 85g wholegrain basmati rice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried goji berries
    Goji berry

    Goji berries

    go-gee ber-reze

    Increasingly hailed as a superfood in the UK, goji berries have been eaten as a nutrionally rich…

  • 1 medium onion, halved and very thinly sliced



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

  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 25g flaked almonds


  1. Finely chop the garlic and set aside to activate (see tip). Meanwhile, pour 2 tbsp boiling water over the saffron and set aside to infuse. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a large, non-stick sauté pan with a lid, then add the turkey and fry for 5 mins, stirring frequently, until it starts to brown.

  2. Stir the rice and cinnamon into the pan, then pour in 400ml boiling water and the bouillon, and stir well. Add the celery, thyme, goji berries and lots of ground black pepper. Cover the pan tightly to prevent steam escaping, and cook over a low heat for 20 mins.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a non-stick pan and add the onion. When it starts to soften, cover the pan for 5 mins to steam it a little more. Take off the lid and slowly fry for 12-15 mins until golden, stirring frequently.

  4. After the rice has cooked for 20 mins, check the water level – if the rice is still too nutty and the liquid has all been absorbed, add up to 100ml more water. Stir in the saffron, cover again, and cook for 5-10 mins until the rice is tender.

  5. Add the garlic and spinach, cook briefly to wilt the leaves, then turn off the heat. Toss through the fried onions and almonds. Cover the pan and leave to rest for 5 mins before serving.

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krieken's picture
30th Nov, 2015
Tried it, but used ordinary basmati rice (never seen wholegrain basmati in Italy) and forgot to adjust the cooking times....The end result still tasted great but was mushy because of the overcooked rice. Will definitely make again.
18th Nov, 2015
This recipe looks delicious. Can I use frozen spinach instead if they fresh spinach?
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