Burghul pilaf

The combination of grains and beans is common to all cuisines with a tradition of vegetarian meals. In this delicious one-pot main dish, ground coriander and cinnamon and dried apricots add a Middle Eastern flavour.

Burghul pilaf
Reader's Digest


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • pinch of dried red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 can butter beans, about 400 g, drained and rinsed
  • 100 g dried apricots
  • 1 3/4 cups (300 g) burghul
  • 150 g thin green beans, halved
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander leaves to garnish


  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan of cold water, bring to the boil and boil gently for 10 minutes. Drain the eggs and cool under cold running water. Set aside.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the ground coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and chilli flakes, if using. Stir for a further 1 minute.
  4. Add the butter beans and apricots, and stir to coat them with the spices.
  5. Stir in the burghul and green beans, then pour in enough water to cover by about 2 cm. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to its lowest setting. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. While the stew is cooking, peel and slice the eggs. Fluff the burghul with a fork and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with the egg slices and sprinkled with coriander leaves.

Serves 4
Preparation: 30 minutes

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