Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas (Nohutlu Pilav)




3 cups short grain rice
1 cup chickpeas (soaked overnight)
4 cups chicken broth (home made)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Boil the soaked chickpeas until tender (about 45 minutes). Drain. Wash rice and drain. Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the chickpeas and sautee in the oil for 5-6 minutes. Add the rice and stir for two minutes. Add the chicken broth and the salt. If you are using store bought chicken broth, it may be salty and adding 1 tsp of salt may cause the rice to be too salty. Check broth for saltiness.

To Make the Broth:

1 whole chicken or 4 chicken breasts
Water (enough to cover chicken)
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

Place the chicken in a pot and add the salt and pepper. If you wish, you may add other kinds of spices, but for this simple rice, I prefer a simple broth. Boil chicken until tender. Remove chicken and use the broth anyway you desire.

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