Welcome to The Storied Recipe! I host a unique podcast where every guest gives me a recipe that’s significant to their culture, life, and memories. I make, photograph, and share the recipe with you. I invite you to listen to Afia's story as you learn how to make her Easy Vegan Pilau!
You know I don't get to decide which recipes I make for this blog - and to be 100% honest, I wasn't super excited when I got this one. Call it lack of experience, but I couldn't see how quinoa could be flavorful. Meanwhile, I associated lentils with heavy winter soups and stews. This Lentil Quinoa Pilau recipe from my podcast guest Afra Amoaka was a delightful surprise from the first bite - light and full of flavor. It's filling, full of fiber and protein, and once again - truly delicious. And now, Afia's going to teach you how to make this easy vegan pilau!
A Few Questions I asked Afia About Pilau
What is Pilau?
While most often associated with India, Pilau rice is a dish made by countries all along the Silk Road. Afia's version is influenced by her time in Tanzania. No matter what country it's from, Pilau is a rice dish seasoned with aromatic spices, cooked in such a way that the grains of rice are separate, and often mixed with a protein, like chicken, or other times, with vegetables.
Is Pilau Vegan?
Most version of Pilau are not vegan. However, this version from Afia makes brilliant use of lentils as the protein. Although rice is already vegan, Afia's Tanzanian version is made with quinoa in order to boost the nutritional value of the dish. Finally, Afria uses a vegetable stock, of course, rather than stock from chicken or another animal, in order to veganize her delicious Pilau.
How Long Does Pilau Last in the Fridge?
According to Afia, you can keep this for up to a week. Honestly, it's so good, I don't think you will! But it's nice to know that's an option.
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