Brown Rice Pilaf with Dried Figs and Pomegranate | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

A pilaf or pilau is a Middle Eastern rice dish that is cooked in broth and spices. It may contain a variety of vegetables and meat. This is a delicious recipe for using up leftover roasted chicken or turkey, and works well with seafood too.

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 1/3 tsp Allspice, ground
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 180 g Long-grain brown rice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 550-600 ml Vegetable broth or water, warmed
  • 100 g Dried figs, diced
  • 200 g Leftover roasted chicken breast
  • Some leftover roasted Brussels sprouts, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp Chopped parsley
  • 1 handful Pomegranate seeds
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until tender. Add in allspice and crushed garlic and stir briefly.
  2. Add in brown rice and stir until the rice is coated with the butter. Pour in vegetable broth. Bring to the boil then immediately turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add in dried figs and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and gently fork through the roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts and chopped parsley. Shower with pomegranate seeds at the last minute. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Guru Uru 24/11/12 07:29

I love the combination of figs in this :)

Choc Chip Uru

Cooking Rookie 24/11/12 07:38

This pilaf looks absolutely delicious!

Anonymous 24/11/12 08:46

Pomegranates are my hubby's favourite fruit from childhood, however brussel sprouts and brown rice are at the very bottom of his list - wonder if I could get him to enjoy this fabulous meal.
:-) Mandy

Happy Cook / Finla 24/11/12 09:12

I love middle eastern pilaf as they add so much dry fruits in them and this looks super yumm and you have made it healthy too by adding brown rice to it.

Shirley Tay 24/11/12 09:16

Seriously, I'm a very unhealthy person & have not tried brown rice. Heard about its goodness & will certainly try this recipe some day. Xoxo

Rosa's Yummy Yums 24/11/12 09:37

A beautiful pilaf! I could eat that kind of dish every day of the week.



Vimitha Anand 24/11/12 11:08

I am totally in love with that colorful and yummy rice

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 24/11/12 11:11

I eat this kind of dish all the time. It´s wonderful Angie! Love the mix of figs with the sprouts.

Ann@Anncoo Journal 24/11/12 11:44

I love pilaf and I hope you can share some of your brown rice pilaf with me now.

Mich Piece of Cake 24/11/12 14:39

Hi Angie, love this flavorful rice with figs and pomegranates... coincidentally tonight I was also cooking with pomegranate... it adds such flavor to the dish.

Joanne 24/11/12 14:51

What a delicious and oh so pretty pilaf! I might have to make a version of this for christmas!

Anne Regalado 24/11/12 15:26

Angie , your rice pilaf looks utterly delicious ! The pomegranate and the figs sounds fantastic in this dish :D

Rumana Ambrin 24/11/12 15:55

Awesome and with brown rice so healthy..

What's Baking?? 24/11/12 16:20

Hi Angie. Your pilaf rice is perfectly cooked with all the colors and flavors. Wish I could have a bowl.

Susan 24/11/12 16:44

This does look like a delicious pilaf and so festive for the holidays. Hmmmmm, I bet this will be on our menu too this year! XOXO

Munatycooking 24/11/12 16:47

I'm not crazy about brown rice, but it looks gorgeous in your clicks. I'd love to try this dish, it's healthy and made me drool :)

Nammi 24/11/12 17:45

wow look at the size of those figs, dish looks delicious, hope you had a lovely week end

Priya 24/11/12 20:38

Irresistible pilaf,looks stunning,colourful with loads of flavours.

Patty 24/11/12 23:34

My kind of dish Angie, I like everything about it! Lovely photos;-)

Elisabeth 25/11/12 03:18

I love, and need this amazing rice pilaf! Love, love, the recipe:)

Words Of Deliciousness 25/11/12 03:20

This looks like a beautiful dish, so yummy!

cakewhiz 25/11/12 03:47

my brown pilaf doesn't look half as good as yours! i am adding this recipe to this week's dinner menu coz i want to eat it that badly ;)

Jasna Varcakovic 25/11/12 04:37

Love pomegranate ...looks like little jewels in your pilaf!

Jasline (Foodie Baker) 25/11/12 11:19

Beautiful photos and amazing combination of flavours for this rice dish. Looks so delicious!

Jenn Kendall 25/11/12 15:10

this is such a wonderful dish! and such a great way of using some up some leftovers! love it!

claudia lamascolo 25/11/12 15:45

I love the colors and the sweetness great combo here!

TasteHongKong 25/11/12 16:16

Luxurious enough, and a great one dish, isn't it!

TasteHongKong 25/11/12 16:17

... great one dish meal ...

Debra Eliotseats 25/11/12 16:26

Can you believe I just opened my first pomegranate?

Cathy at Wives with Knives 25/11/12 16:39

Hi Angie - I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to serve leftover turkey. The figs and brussel sprouts added to the rice sounds delicious. Love this creative one-dish meal.

Caramella 25/11/12 16:43

Your food looks delicious! I love to eat but I don't know how to cook. My mom though is a great cook, I will tell her to follow you too, she is I am following you on GFC, I hope you will follow me back.

Karen (Back Road Journal) 25/11/12 21:40

The figs and pomegranates must give the pilaf a wonderful taste.

Suzi 25/11/12 22:47

Great combo for a pilaf, never thought of using figs. I like that idea. Delicious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 25/11/12 23:09

This looks absolutely fabulous, Angie! I love all of the flavors in this delightful pilaf.

Anne@FromMySweetHeart 25/11/12 23:54

Oh gorgeous pilaf Angie! A perfect side dish to just about anything! Though the dried figs and pomegranate do make it festive! : )

Medeja 26/11/12 00:03

Wow! Sounds so delicious! Though my husband I am sure would pick those figs I am sure I would love it :D (but I would skip Brussels sprouts:D)

Cass @foodmyfriend 26/11/12 01:32

Beautiful colours Angie. Loving this salad. Getting into salads more and more everyday. bring on bikini weather!!

kitchen flavours 26/11/12 02:23

Looks so delicious! I love rice pilaf and have not tried them with dried figs before, what a lovely combination!

Rebecca Subbiah 26/11/12 04:55

looks divine a stella way to use up chicken

The Squishy Monster 26/11/12 06:52

What a lovely dish! I love how you incorporated figs and pomegranates in such a unique way!

grasu64 26/11/12 10:47

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Emma @ Food, Fork and Good 26/11/12 10:47

You have to come cook for me. This is my exact kind of meal, right down to the dish you served it on! My belly is rumbling so much I had to stop staring!

Scrambled Megs 26/11/12 11:55

I love the addition of fig in anything. The best thing about my travels through europe was VERY CHEAP FIG. it's so expensive in australia! I will definitely be trying this dish x

Jeanette 26/11/12 12:52

I love how you used leftover roasted brussels sprouts in this pilaf, as well as the sweet flavors and different textures from the figs and pomegranate seeds - so pretty!

Katerina 26/11/12 15:39

I love pomegranate and this pilau looks perfect as a main course for me!

Alice 26/11/12 16:50

this pilaf looks so scrumptious! *drool*

Spicie Foodie 26/11/12 17:11

I could also just eat it like this without any meat. My mouth is watering at how scrumptious it looks. Thanks for sharing Angie:)

Koko 26/11/12 17:42

This looks wonderful, and I don't think leaving out the chicken would take anything away from this dish! I'd love to try it with quinoa or bulgur, even!

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes 26/11/12 17:45

Mmm.... this pilaf looks so appealing, especially with the figs and pomegranate seeds. Great clicks!

Pam 26/11/12 17:49

What a great combination of flavors!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 26/11/12 19:43

Just beautiful pilaf. I love the comb of exotic sweet fruits in a savory dish.

Beth 26/11/12 19:47

Such a beautiful dish, and so flavorful! It looks lovely.

The Café Sucré Farine 26/11/12 21:07

Oh my Angie! I love all of the ingredients you've combined but wouldn't have thought to put them together. This certainly is a meal in one! What a wonderful way to fancy up leftovers!

GG 26/11/12 22:39

Beautiful looking dish and lovely photos. GG

Rosita Vargas 26/11/12 22:54

Esta receta me encantó se ve muy deliciosa,abrazos y abrazos.

Geni 26/11/12 23:17

Oh, this looks so earthy and amazing Angie!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 26/11/12 23:31

Yay for pomegranate season! I bet the figs add a delightful natural sweetness to this dish. Lovely Angie.

Lizzy Do 27/11/12 01:21

What a fantastic meal, Angie! I love rice dishes and yours is full of such wonderful ingredients...figs, pomegranate arils, Brussels sprouts....mmmmmmm...

Norma Chang 27/11/12 01:34

You come up with the most unusual and delicious combinations.

Balvinder 27/11/12 01:52

We eat rice on daily basis. This is such a delightful pilaf.

Roz P. 27/11/12 02:41

What an awesome recipe! I love it for a meatless meal, Angie! Your creativity continues to amaze me!

Tricia 27/11/12 03:23

Angie you can cook for me anytime, anywhere - I'm ready. This dish looks perfect. I bet it is tasty! Absolutely perfect pictures too!

a. maren 27/11/12 05:15

mmm love all that fruit in there! what a great idea for sweet and savory!

Jenn 27/11/12 15:42

Angie, I'm loving this recipe. Rice is one of my favorite side dishes and I'm always looking at new ways to jazz it up! Looking forward to trying this one soon!

Anonymous 27/11/12 16:35

Lovely pilaf dish. I like the addition of the pomegranates...yum! As always, the pictures are perfect!

Anonymous 27/11/12 17:08

My dinner for this evening! Ooh yes!

Very fragrant & colourful cooking, is what I love the most here!

My Italian Smorgasbord 27/11/12 23:16

love your ethnic pottery!
and this dish is absolutely fabulous! I mentioned the ingredients to my hubby and he said "I could lick your feet for it!" :)

Eva Kosmas 28/11/12 01:54

I love love love dried figs. This sounds just wonderful!

lena 28/11/12 02:36

what a delightful plate of rice! i would never think of such combination, this is brilliant!

Ilke 28/11/12 03:32

I have to try making pilav (turkish version of the word) like this, with dried or fresh fruits. I am glad you mentioned the coating with butter and sauteing. I think it helps the rice to keep their individuality and not become a big clump.
Warm pictures..also I loved your chocolate bread and it is on my list:) I mean what more could I ask for? Chocolate and bread in the same recipe :)

Amelia 28/11/12 04:26

Hi Angie, your brown rice pilaf look very yummy. Love the combination, very unique. As usual your presentation and photography is excellent.

Have a lovely week ahead.

Devaki 28/11/12 05:10

Now that's no ordinary pilaf! figs + pom + brussels = culinary love.
I am going to play with this one and wild rice. Whatcha think? :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Juliana 28/11/12 05:12

Angie, I love this rice dish, specially with all the fruits in it...looks so tasty and so festive :)
Have a great week ahead!

Amy 28/11/12 06:31

How beautiful. I love the pom you put in there...the color and flavors really pop! :)

Vicki Bensinger 28/11/12 13:47

This is a beautiful dish and a perfect way to jazz up leftovers. I love the figs in this to add a bit of sweet to the savory. I need to file this and be sure to try often.

Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. I've been so busy lately I've barely had time to post let alone visit anyone else. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Asmita 28/11/12 14:26

What an unique and delicious combination of flavors! Your presentation is stunning!

Alida 28/11/12 18:14

I love brown rice and you have been so original here. Dried figs and pomegranate: wow!! Another great recipe Angie, I always look forward to your posts.

My Little Space 29/11/12 00:04

Oh boy, you're making me salivate early in the morning.

Erica 30/11/12 01:12

What a wonderful combination of textures and flavors! I am a huge rice fan and I eat it almost every day. Love this variation!

Roz P. 30/11/12 17:04

What a perfect combination of healthy and delicious ingredients! Well done and of course with your ever-lovely photography to entice me to drool right now!

motherrimmy 2/12/12 17:37

I love this combination of ingredients, especially the roasted brussels sprouts.

MaryMoh 3/12/12 19:01

What a beautiful combination! I love figs and I love pomegranate. I would totally love this dish....mmmm


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