My friend Mike always comments that I seem to specialize in one-pot dishes. I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of washing dishes. It’s so nice to only have a single dish to wash after my meal.

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Getting ready to chop.

I came across this recipe for Russian plov pretty early into researching for my blog. It looked colorful, easy, and comforting.

Pretty colors
Pretty colors

A lot of cultures have some variation of this dish: plov, pilaf, paella, pulao… You can see where I am going with this one. There might be an accidental minor theme running through my blog to cook all the variations of this one-pot rice dish. Now that I have made so many variations by accident, I think I will start doing it on purpose. I can say I haven’t been disappointed with one yet!

An easy way to chop carrots: in the food processor!
An easy way to chop carrots: in the food processor!

The recipe instructed me to mince the carrots, not create matchsticks like the pulao recipe. I pulled out my food processor and let it do the chopping for me (this was another dish to clean, though!).

The finished product.
The finished product.

All of these rice dishes do tend to take a few hours, so I wouldn’t suggest one for a weeknight. They are, however, highly versatile. One of these days, I’m going to make one of these with lamb, or, at the very least, a different meat than chicken. The author of the recipe said she is now vegetarian and doesn’t always put meat it in, so it is easily converted for my no-meat friends.

Digging in!
Digging in!

I loved this flavorful, tasty dish. Make sure you step away from the stove just as instructed–the crispy bits are the best. Try out this recipe, and savor how much time you’ll save doing dishes!

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