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Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf

This vegetarian Serbian rice pilaf is an easy and quick rice recipe, perfect for cooking on a budget or for big family menus.

I made this vegetarian Serbian rice pilaf recipe especially for those of you who are always busy and want something healthy to eat. This Serbian rice pilaf recipe is easy to make and feeds 8+ people!

This Serbian rice pilaf recipe was a very common meal during my childhood. I loved and still love its vibrant colors, fresh taste and creamy texture. Back then my mother used to make it with chicken broth, but it is just as good with vegetable broth.

What other ingredients do you use for rice pilafs? I love rice and I’d like to try different recipes as well.

Tips for cooking pilaf: How do you know how much water you need to add? Easy! 3 times the amount of rice. It’s a 1:3 ratio. Also, boil the rice only for a couple of minutes then remove from heat and cover with a lid. This way it will absorb all the water and you’ll never have to worry again about burning the rice.

P.S. Try my favorite rice pilaf recipe – mushroom rice pilaf!

Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf Recipe

Yield: 6-8

Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf

Vegetarian Serbian Rice Pilaf Recipe | Pilaf sarbesc

This vegetarian serbian rice pilaf is an easy and quick rice recipe, perfect for cooking on a budget or for big family menus.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 200g (1 cup) rice
  • 750ml (3 cups) water
  • 1 big onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 big red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsps oil


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes.
  2. Add grated carrot and diced pepper.
  3. Add the rice along with 3 cups of water. Stir until all ingredients are evenly spread. Add paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Let it boil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let it rest until all water is absorbed by the rice (10-15 minutes).
  5. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve!

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 3.5gCarbohydrates 23.6gProtein 2.3g

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Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Just made this yesterday and I love it! Reminded me of the pilaf my Serbian grandma used to make. Love love love!

Ruxandra Micu

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Glad you liked the recipe! :)


Thursday 12th of July 2018

Great recipe! Thank you!


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

You're welcome!


Monday 21st of May 2012

nice idea thanks for sharing

The Codropss

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

Great Recipe!

Monday 30th of January 2012

Hope your exams went well! This is indeed healthy and nutritious. I love your photography as well.

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