Simple Middle Eastern Black Eye Beans Pilaf

Rice is such a versatile grain and almost every country has its own version of rice recipe and happens to be one popular comfort food round the world.

For example, Pulao in India, Paella in Spain, Pilaf in Middle East, Risotto in Italy, the US has BBQ and Uzbekistan has Plov.

Whether you call it, pilaf, polow, pulao, the basic idea remains the same, a simple rice dish with complex flavors and old tradition.  While it may be a bit timely, the end result is perfection in a bowl.  Delicious, individual rice grains combined with herbs, vegetables or beans and lentils or tender and succulent meat, gives you that the perfect spoonful of ultimate satisfaction.

Living in Middle East for past 15 years, I’ve been able to discover a lot of delicious Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes and learnt lot about them. Eventually falling in love with them.

This Middle Eastern Blackeye beans Pilaf is a humble, hearty , protein packed, one pot and such an easy vegetarian main recipe. It can also be a grt accompaniment with any meat dishes like kebabs or grilled fish dish.
Easy to make in one pot, with all the aspects of a supreme comfort food.

You can also follow the step by step video guide


1 cup washed and drained basmati rice
1 cup cooked and drained Blackeye beans or lobia
1 medium sized onion sliced
1 medium tomato chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
3 cardamom, 4 cloves, 1 stick cinnamon
1 green chilli roughly chopped
1 bunch of chopped fresh coriander leaves
2-3 roots of fresh dill chopped ( optional)
(You can also use dried dill)
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp mixed herbs or oregano ( optional)
2 tbsp ghee

1/4 cup fried onions ( for garnish)
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
1 3/4 cups water


1) Heat a heavy bottomed casserole or a pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the whole spices cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf
2) Now add the onions, saute for 30 seconds then add the ginger garlic paste and give a nice stir. Add the tomatoes, beans ( lobia), tomato paste, cumin, cardamom, mixed herbs, fresh chopped coriander and dill and saute until all well incorporated.
3) Now season with salt and add water. Once it starts boiling, add the rice, mix nicely, cover and let it cook until the rice is just cooked and not mushy.
4) Once the rice is done, remove from the heat and add the ghee. Cover once again and let it rest of couple of minutes.

Garnish with some fried onions and enjoy your weeknight ultimate comfort food.

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