A pilaf or pilau is a Middle Eastern rice dish that is cooked in broth and spices. It may contain a variety of vegetables and meat. This is a delicious recipe for using up leftover roasted chicken or turkey, and works well with seafood too.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until tender. Add in allspice and crushed garlic and stir briefly.
- Add in brown rice and stir until the rice is coated with the butter. Pour in vegetable broth. Bring to the boil then immediately turn down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add in dried figs and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper and gently fork through the roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts and chopped parsley. Shower with pomegranate seeds at the last minute.