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Recipe: Rice and Leek Pilaf with Wild Mushrooms

This pairing of leeks and tasty wild mushrooms with Indica Rice and aged cheese makes this rice and leek pilaf a hearty and filling dish. Quick and easy to make, ideal for a quick supper or a Saturday
lunch with friends. Use highly versatile European Rice, grown in Greece, to ensure quality
and flavour.

There are few meals as easy as making a sauteed rice dish, and as a rice fan, I’m happy to post this. It’s a type of meal that we make in the Scottish Mum household frequently although we use regular mushrooms rather than dried.

Rice and Leek Pilaf with Wild Mushrooms

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine greek, Italian
Servings 4 Servings


  • 300 grams European Indica Rice
  • 500 grams Dried Mushrooms Porcini, Trumpets and Morels
  • 500 ml Lukewarm Water
  • 500 grams Leeks Finely Chopped
  • 100 grams Aged Graviera Cheese or Vegan Parmesan Cheese Optional
  • 60 grams Butter or Vegan Alternative
  • 20 ml Cognac
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Tarragon Pinch


  • Soak the dried mushrooms in the lukewarm water.
  • Place a pot of water, with a teaspoon of sugar and pinch of salt, over a medium-high heat and simmer the leeks until they soften. Drain the water.
  • Place a saucepan over a medium-high heat, melt half the butter, and sauté the rice and partially cooked leeks with the pinch of tarragon, salt and pepper.
  • Add the mushroom, the cognac and then slowly stir in the mushroom water.
  • Simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes until cooked.
  • Grate the cheese.
  • When ready, remove from the heat, stir in the remaining butter, add the grated cheese, and serve hot.


European Rice is high quality rice grown in Greece since the 1950s and other European countries. There are two varieties: Indica Rice (long rain) and Japonica Rice (medium grain). European Rice has a high nutritional value, being rich in B vitamins, such as Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Selenium. The EU is both self-sufficient and a net exporter of Japonica rice. All European rice complies with the Integrated Quality Management System for the Agricultural Production of Rice, which is based on good agricultural practices which respect the environment, protect the producer-grower’s health and offer a healthy and safe product for consumers. For more information see: 

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