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How To Make Nohutlu Pilav (Turkish Chickpeas With Rice)

This nohutlu pilav recipe - rice with chickpeas - is cheap & filling. It can be made extra tasty and into a complete meal with the addition of shredded or pulled chicken.
Course Main
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 165kcal
Author Turkey's For Life


  • 1 cup long grain rice approx 200g
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 small green capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 cups hot water or chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking
  • salt & pepper to season
  • shredded or pulled chicken to serve (optional)
  • pickled chilli peppers to serve (optional)


  • Gently sauté your onion and capsicum in the olive oil in a saucepan.
  • When the onion starts to sweat, add your rice and stir around for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add your chickpeas and salt & pepper to season.
  • Using the same sized cup as you did for your rice, add two cups of hot water or chicken stock to your rice.
  • Turn the heat to high, give your mixture one stir and bring to the boil.
  • Once your rice and chickpeas are at boiling point, cover with a lid and turn the heat to low (we leave a slight gap to allow some steam to escape).
  • Meanwhile, if you are serving your rice and chickpeas with chicken, pull or shred a handful of cooked chicken and keep to one side.
  • After 8-10 minutes, check your rice and chickpeas to see if the water has absorbed.
  • Remove from the heat, place your chicken over the top of your nohutlu pilav and replace the lid.
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  • To serve, you can either mix the chicken into your rice and chickpea pilaf or you can remove the chicken before stirring your pilaf. You can then serve the chicken either over the top of your nohutlu pilav or on the side.
  • Top your rice and chickpeas with pickled chilli peppers.


  • If you omit the chicken or chicken stock, our nohutlu pilav recipe is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • When served with chicken, rice pilaf with chickpeas is known as tavuklu nohutlu pilav.
  • To make you nohutlu pilav recipe extra rich, use butter rather than olive oil.
  • The calories for our nohutlu pilav are approximate and don't include the optional serving of chicken.