Green Tea Rice Pilaf

Beautiful food photography: large bowl of rice pilaf with a medley of vegetables. Recipe made using Tetley Lemon Green tea.

Infused with Tetley’s aromatic 100% Steamed Green Tea with Lemon instead of water, this delicious new twist on rice makes a versatile side dish.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (550 mL) water
  • 6 100% Steamed Green Tea with Lemon tea bags
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 cup (300 mL) parboiled long grain white rice
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground pepper and pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen peas thawed
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) raisins

Directions

  1. Pour the water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the tea bags and remove from heat.
  3. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Carefully squeeze the tea bags to release as much liquid as possible. Discard.
  5. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat.
  6. Add onion, carrot, celery, red pepper, and garlic.
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  8. Add rice, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and nutmeg; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until rice is well coated.
  9. Stir in tea and bring to a simmer.
  10. Reduce heat to low.
  11. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water has evaporated and rice is tender.
  12. Add peas.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. Cover and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  15. Fluff rice with fork.
  16. Gently stir in parsley, almonds, and raisins.

Tips

  • For a golden-coloured rice pilaf, add a little ground turmeric when cooking the rice.
  • This recipe can also be prepared using our Pure Green tea.

Nutrition

Per serving: 229 calories, 6.5 g fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 121 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fibre, 7 g sugar, 5 g protein.