Chestnut Wild Rice Pilaf


This chestnut wild rice pilaf recipe was originally shared with us by Levana Kirschenbaum, founder of Levana Cooks and author of several kosher cookbooks. Please note that Levana’s photo shows a wild rice blend, but her recipe uses just wild rice. If you opt for a wild rice blend, reduce the water to about 1/2 cup more than the package directions call for.

Chestnut Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe - a dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan side dish with Middle Eastern flair

Special Diet Notes: Chestnut Wild Rice Pilaf

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Chestnut Wild Rice Pilaf
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This simple side uses fragrant spices for a Middle Eastern flair.
Serves: 6 servings
  1. Soak the rice in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, coarsely grind the onions. You can alternatively mince them with a knife.
  3. Heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until very dark, about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the rice and place it in a pot with 8 cups water. Add the chestnuts, turmeric, and saffron. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook the rice for about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the reserved onions to the rice and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
you might find vacuum-packed steamed chestnuts. In this case, reduce the water to 6 cups, omit the dry chestnuts, add 12 ounces total vacuum-packed chestnuts towards the end of the cooking.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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