Tetley Green Tea Rice Pilaf

Infused with Tetley’s aromatic lemon green tea instead of water, this is a delicious new twist on rice. Try serving this versatile side dish with roasted chicken, pork or fish.

Tetley Green Tea Rice Pilaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (550 mL) - water
  • 6 bags - Tetley 100% Steamed Green Tea with Lemon
  • 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 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. Add the tea bags and remove from heat. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Carefully squeeze the tea bags to release as much liquid as possible; discard.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, red pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add rice, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper and nutmeg; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until rice is well coated.
  3. Stir in tea and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water has evaporated and rice is tender. Add peas. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff rice with fork. Gently stir in parsley, almonds and raisins

Tetley Tips

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

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.