Vegetable Rice Pilaf with Maple-Caramelized Chickpeas

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Recipe — Vegetable Rice Pilaf with Maple-Caramelized Chick Peas
4 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained well (or firm tofu, diced)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich flavour)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or mint)


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the vegetables and rice in the butter for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the water and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat as low as possible. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, in a large skillet, sauté the chick peas and the onion in the oil for 1 minute, then add the maple syrup and allow to caramelize about 2. Keep the caramelized chickpeas warm.
  4. Add the cilantro to the vegetable pilaf.
  5. Divide among 4 large bowls and top with maple-caramelized chick peas.

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