Recipe: No – Rice Peas Pilaf

Recipe: No – Rice Peas Pilaf

If you are someone who loves peas pilaf [pulav], Jeera rice or vegetable biriyani, but wished it had lower carbs, this recipe is for you and is the rice substitute that you have been longing for. The basmati rice has been swapped with shredded cabbage. This not only reduces the carbs and sodium content of the recipe, it drastically reduces the cooking time to just 20 mins from prep to plate.

So what’s the carb difference? This recipe has just 1/3 the carbs. For example, 1 cup of this cooked “No-Rice” peas Pilaf has less than 15 grams of carbs compared to 45 grams of carbs in the traditional rice pilaf.

This recipe of No-Rice Peas Pilaf is a great new addition to your healthy dinner. A cup of No-Rice Peas Pilaf has 1oz. protein and 1 cup of vegetable. It’s also the equivalent of a serving of vegetables and proteins on the USDA’s MyPlate, which provides guidance on the appropriate amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein each person should consume to live a healthier, more balanced life.

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Serving size: 1 Cup “No – Rice” Peas Pilaf

Total Servings: 3

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


  1. 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  2. 1 cup green peas
  3. 1-inch cinnamon bark
  4. ½ star anise
  5. 1 bay leaf
  6. 1 teaspoon Jeera or cumin
  7. 2 whole cardamom pods
  8. 1 whole clove
  9. 5 whole garlic cloves
  10.  1” ginger root, cut into 4 pieces
  11.  2 Green Thai chili, slit at the edge
  12.  ¼ cup onion, diced
  13.  1/8 tsp salt
  14.  ½ cup water
  15.  1 Tbsp olive oil

Cooking method:

  1. In a sauce pan heat 1 Tbsp olive oil, add ingredients #3 – #12, and sauté until onions are browned.
  2. Add peas and ½ cup water. When water comes to a boil, add shredded cabbage and stir well.
  3. Cover with lid and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes then add 1/8 tsp salt.
  4. Optional garnish: add chopped cilantro and mint prior to serving.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 Cup No – Rice Peas Pilaf

Each serving provides:

Calories 108 Kcal
Protein 4g
Total Carb 14g
Total Fat 4.5g
Sodium 109mg


Other Resources:

MyPlate icons –

Nutrient info – USDA database –

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Nutrient info – Patel Brothers –

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Sri Ramanathan
Sri Ramanathan

Sri Sakthi Ramanathan, RD, LDN earned her bachelor’s degree from UIC in 2008 and completed her 1 year nutrition internship with the Advocate group of hospitals. She has been a dietitian for 10 years and enjoys making meal planning easier and applicable for her clients. She currently works part time at Advocate Heart institute for their South Asian Cardiovascular Center as their community dietitian. She is the nutrition expert when it comes to South Asian community health.