Monday, January 31, 2011

Pilaf Rice with Chickpeas... and the winner is...

Thank you to all of you who took part in my little giveaway. I copied your names (53) on a list in order of appearance and put them through a list randomizer.

So the winner is Mairi!

Congratulations Mairi, please get in touch to let me know your address (I will also contact you, just to make sure!)

Sue at Couscous and Consciousness and Sasa from Sasasunakku, you came second and third, send me your addresses too, I will send you a little consolation token :-).

List Randomizer

There were 53 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Mairi
  2. Couscous
  3. Sasasunakku
  4. Astrofiammante
  5. Colleen
  6. Fantasie
  7. Merendasinoira
  8. Pommer cannelles
  9. Manu
  10. Barbara
  11. Red Nomad OZ
  12. Sunflowers8
  13. Barton
  14. Barbara GF
  15. Swati
  16. Sweet Snow Flakes
  17. Madama Bavareisa
  18. Lucy
  19. Jennifurla
  20. Ananda
  21. Agnese
  22. Cinzietta
  23. Nigel Olsen
  24. EliFla
  25. Marydap
  26. Bhumika
  27. Victor
  28. Rosemary
  29. Francesca
  30. Natalia
  31. Jodi
  32. Pam
  33. Eleonora (B&M)
  34. Lusks
  35. Elena
  36. Tami
  37. Turista di mestiere
  38. Laura
  39. Holly Springett
  40. Ambra
  41. Koralee
  42. Michelle
  43. Eleonora (Peggy)
  44. Civette
  45. Ilaria
  46. Mary
  47. Claudia
  48. Saretta
  49. Zoe
  50. La Gaia Celiaca
  51. HeyHarket8
  52. Duck
  53. Adelina

Timestamp: 2011-01-31 00:39:38 UTC

To all others, it was great to read your messages, and to meet new people, keep in touch and I will do another giveaway next month too! And now for the recipe:

Pilaf rice with Chickpeas

I am still very ‘timid’ when it comes to Indian spices: I am always scared to burn them, or to use too much, or too little. In particular I am so used to have cloves and cinnamon in sweet dishes that I never know how much to use in savoury dishes.

For this pilaf I just filled up a tbsp of spices, as you can see there are plenty of cumin seeds, but just a little cinnamon and a few cloves, plus a few cardamom pods), still, just the right amount for me to flavour a pilaf for four.


1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp mixed whole spices (cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom)

1 garlic clove, peeled

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 generous pinch of salt

300 g basmati rice

1 can chickpeas, drained

1 Wash the rice and soak for 30 minutes.

2 Heat 1 tbsp of oil, sizzle the whole spices and garlic.

3 Add turmeric and salt.

4 Add rice, chickpeas and water (just enough water to cook the rice by absorption)

5 Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. It really looks yummy. These pictures make me hungry!

  2. Ciao Alessandra, ti ho risposto nel mio blog ma lo faccio anche qui:

    Peccato! Ma fa niente, riproverò!
    Intrepido tuo marito a leggere Manzoni. È una lettura meravigliosamente stimolante ma richiede pazienza, attenzione, persino a un madrelingua. Figuriamoci a chi non lo è.
    Salutalo da parte mia e digli che lo ammiro molto.

    Grazie lo stesso e a presto!
    (bello questo pilaf, by the way)

  3. Gli ho detto che puo' saltare un po' di pagine poverino, alcune descrizioni 'storiche' sono pese per me, figuriamoci per un non madre lingua!


  4. Peccato..peccato.. sara' per la prossima...(Buono questo riso..!)kiss x 3 ..Civette!

  5. complimenti alla vincitrice!:-)
    ti rispondo anche qui: lo so che sei vegetariana, ma abbiamo diversi vegetariani e vegani e nonfood che aderiscono ugualmente, a modo loro (anche solo col banner) per questo ti avevo lasciato ugualmente l'invito!
    adesso mi studio un po' questo piattino dai colori invitanti...!!

  6. Bummer! Surely there MUST be a prize for being 11th?!?!?!

    Only joking - the recipe looks magnificent!! Hope you had a good holiday!!

  7. Your fortified pilaf looks and sounds wonderful. It is good to have you back. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. WOW! this recipe is very interesting! I've never cooked indian recipes but this looks great!

  9. Congratulations to Mairi, and the consolation winners Sue and Sasa.

    Mairi will enjoy your book - I certainly have been :)

    Pilaf with chickpeas sings out comfort food to me.

  10. @ Norma,

    benissimo, se non devo cucinare maiale e affini sono piu' che favorevole e metto il banner qui e sull'altro blog Only Recipes :-)!

  11. Congratulations Mairi! Alessandra's book is awesome, I've tried some recipes and I was never disappointed. And the pics are beautiful, too!

  12. Delicious pilaf rice with chickpeas. Love it. congrats to winner.

  13. This rice dish sounds lovely...and it's very pretty too!

    Congrats to the book winners! :)

  14. Thanks Alessandra so excited to have won the book! Looking forward to lots of Sweet As inspiration! Thanks Mairi x

  15. Good one Mairi, I look forward to your feedbacks :-)

  16. The pilaf rice looks fabulous - I'm a huge fan of spiced food so will have to give the recipe a try!

  17. oh how sad that i didn't wine :P but the rice seems to be a winner :D


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