Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

I made this recipe especially for those of you who are always on the run and want something healthy to eat. This recipe is ready really fast and feeds 8 people! Tips for cooking rice pilafs: How do you know how much water you need to add? Easy! 3 times the amount of rice. It’s a 1:3 ratio. Also, boil the rice only for a couple of minutes then remove from heat and cover with a lid. This way it will absorb all the water and you’ll never have to worry again about burning the rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes.
  2. Add grated carrot and diced pepper.
  3. Add the rice along with 3 cups of water. Stir until all ingredients are evenly spread. Add paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Let it boil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let it rest until all water is absorbed by the rice (10-15 minutes).
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!
Most Helpful

Followed recipe exactly, even added 1 clove of garlic (for extra flavour) but apparently didn't add enough, because this was extremely bland & not appetising at all. Disappointing.

Sophia P. July 01, 2016

Mmmmm! Yum. Very good pilaf recipe. Different than others I've made but we all really enjoyed this. I will make this again. Thanks, gourmandelle!

Chef Emstar April 17, 2012