Pilau Rice is one of the many variations of the more commonly accepted savory rice dish name pilaf. This camping version coming from North Indian origins.
Campfire Mock Risotto
Risotto is a wonderful dish but the traditional method to cook it can be time consuming, this mock version is simplified for camping with less ingredients, and easier to cook over a campfire.
This recipe description uses a Dutch oven over a campfire but can easily be adapted to a pot over a gas stove. Similarly it uses raw chicken, but can be swapped out for an alternate protein that travels better while camping.
This one pot meal can be eaten alone, or can be combine with other elements and used as a side. Previously it has been used as a base with a full chicken breast served on top for additional protein.
3 cups rice
1 tablespoon oil or butter
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 brown onion, diced
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 can water
salt and pepper, to taste
10 inch Dutch oven
Make the rice according to the packet instructions, drain and set aside.
Heat the Dutch oven then add the oil or butter. Add the chicken and onion, stir continually until just cooked through, but don’t brown if you want a traditional risotto look.
Add the can of cream of mushroom soup to the Dutch oven then fill the can with water and also add to the Dutch oven.
Heat until it starts to boil then add the rice. Stir until well combined and the rice is reheated through. Taste and adjust with salt and/or pepper.
Add additional vegetables like canned mushrooms, or fresh spinach.
Add Parmesan cheese for some additional flavor or as a garnish.