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Date & Rice Pilaf

October 22, 2011

I must share this recipe that I stumbled upon today. I was craving dates and rice and thought that they would marry quite lovely in a dish. We had some leftover squash that could go well as a side dish and we were getting hungry for lunch. I can’t believe how well the recipe turned out, even with all my modifications. This is definitely going to become a repeat favourite!

Date & Rice Pilaf (inspired by this recipe)


  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1.5  cups brown rice
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 vegetable or vegan chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dates, soaked in water, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp of the water used to soak dates
  • 2 tbsp nut/soy milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp or more chopped cilantro leaves for the garnish


  1. Cook the rice as usual, with the bouillon cube.
  2. Heat vegan butter or oil in pan over medium. Add almonds and onions. Fry until almonds turn golden brown.
  3. Add the dates, cooked rice, date water, milk and cardamom powder.
  4. Mix and cook for 4-5 minutes. (Be careful not to burn rice!)
  5. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro.
  6. Salt & pepper to taste.

Here’s a picture to prove it.

Date & Rice Pilaf

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael permalink
    October 23, 2011 4:27 am

    Dates… almonds… cardamom… YES. This sounds like the foreplay to one big flavourgasm.

    My brother has started a vegetarian cooking blog, have a look!

  2. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    October 23, 2011 12:02 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve never tried dates in savory foods, just sweet,but it really seems like it goes perfectly in this!

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