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turkish rice pilaf with orzo recipe

Turkish Rice Pilaf

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings 4 people
Calories 400 kcal


  • tablespoon butter (50 grams)
  • 50 g orzo
  • 2 cups rice (baldo or tosya) (or 400 grams)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock or water (or 600 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 drops lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar


  • Soak the rice in warm salted water for 20 minutes (optional).
  • Wash the rice in a sieve under running cold water until the water from the rice runs clear, let it drain.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  • Add orzo and saute until golden brown, then add the rice with the salt, saute for a few minutes until the rice is dry.
  • Add the liquid to the rice along with the pepper, lemon juice, and sugar. Increase the amount of the liquid to 4 cups (800 ml) if not soaking the rice.
  • Mix them all gently and let it simmer on low heat with the lid off for 15 to 20 minutes, until the rice absorbed the liquid.
  • When cooked, let it rest for 10 minutes without opening the lid.
  • Fluff gently with a fork before serving.


Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1011mgPotassium: 149mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 392IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Dinner, Easy Recipes, Mediterrenean Cuisine, Traditional Turkish Recipes, Vegetarian
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