Basmati Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas and Dried Fruit

Basmati Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas and Dried Fruit

Basmati Rice Pilaf with Chickpeas and Dried Fruit is a quick and flavorful meal. It's vegan and gluten-free and perfect any night of the week. Serve this pilaf with a salad for a complete meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Basmati Rice Pilaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 487kcal
Author: Amy Katz


  • 2 cups basmati rice, brown or white
  • 1 Tablespoon neutral-flavored oil, (optional)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 can chickpeas, (15 ounces) rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dates , (pits removed) chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Prepare the rice according to the package directions or your preferred method.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil (if using) or 2 Tablespoons of water in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft.
  • Next add the turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, raisins, dates and garbanzo beans, and stir until well combined and heated through.
  • Finally, add the cooked rice to the skillet and carefully fold in. 
  • Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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