Djuvec Rice Recipe

Djuvec Rice Recipe

This djuvec rice recipe is a healthy yet so simple vegetarian-friendly meal or a side dish. The best part, it's made in one pot!

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This djuvec rice recipe is bursting with flavor! Delicious and colorful bell peppers cooked until tender while soaked into the sweet and sour tomato juices, this will be your favorite side dish or vegetarian-friendly meal. Djuvec might not be well known in the US, but it's widely popular in the Balkan area.

What is Djuvec Rice

Djuvec (Ðuvec – pronounced Joo-vetch) is a popular side dish in the Balkan area, made with various vegetables. You can serve it as a meal as well, which is what I prefer. The djuvec recipe that I will show you today is my family's recipe that's been in my family for generations.

Want to add protein? No problem, add chicken, beef, or even shrimp. Want to add different veggies? Feel free to do so – add carrots, peas, eggplant. This recipe is so versatile and easily adjustable to your preferences.

When my friend showed me the fresh vegetables she picked from her garden, I thought of this recipe. It's perfect for this end of the summer season.

What You'll Need to Make a Djuvec Rice

Djuvec rice ingredients

Here is the full list of all ingredients needed for this recipe. For precise measurements, please look at the recipe card.

  • Oil: I used canola oil. You can substitute it for the oil of your preference.
  • Onion: We need one and a half medium-size onions. The onion will give a great taste, and it will almost melt into the juices while it's cooked.
  • Bell Peppers: I recommend using yellow, red, and orange bell peppers. I would not use green bell peppers, as they won’t taste as good. Also, they don't have as many nutrients as the red bell peppers. They are high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, etc.
  • Tomatoes: I highly recommend using fresh and high-quality tomatoes. Pick the ones that are ripe yet firm to the touch. Once you start peeling them, you don't want them to turn in a mush (or while cooking). They won't keep the original structure while cooking, but you will still have some pieces.
  • Salt: Adding a little bit of salt for flavor. Feel free to add more if needed.
  • Pepper: I used just a little bit of black pepper.
  • Consommé seasoning: This is another excellent seasoning that I use regularly. You can find it on Amazon.
  • Rice: For this recipe, we need a few tablespoons of rice. Use any rice you prefer, but make sure it does not require a long cooking time. Also, based on the rice type, you may need more or less liquid.
  • Water: We need a little bit of water so the veggies don't stick to the bottom of the pot, and we need more liquid for the rice.

How to Make a Djuvec Rice

  1. 1. Sauté onion.
  2. 2. Add bell peppers and sauté until softened, with lid slightly ajar.
  3. 3. Lower the temperature. Add tomatoes and seasoning. Simmer for 30 minutes while mixing occasionally.
  4. 4. Add water and rice and simmer for another 10 minutes.
That's it! With just one pot and a handful of ingredients, you will have the most delicious vegetable rice side dish or a vegetarian-friendly meal.

Djuvec rice in a bowl closeup

Recipe Tips

  • You can substitute consommé seasoning for Vegeta. Note that you might not need to add salt at all since Vegeta has more salt.
  • The djuvec rice consistency will be thicker, but you will still have some liquid when done cooking.
  • Don't overcrowd the pot. I used a 4 QT Dutch oven – I would not go smaller than that.
  • Don't walk away from the pot – you will need to mix occasionally, and the veggies can burn quickly.

How to Serve Djuvec Rice

I mentioned this before, but I enjoy eating the djuvec rice on its own as a meal. You will have two generous portions. Serve it with a piece of toast, Homemade Crescent Rolls, or Homemade Lard Biscuits.

If you serve it as a side dish, you will have four to six portions, depending on how significant the portions are. Any meat will work great with this delicious veggie rice bowl.

Djuvec rice in a bowl with bread

How to Store Djuvec Rice

If you have any leftovers, store them in the air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

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Djuvec Rice Recipe

Djuvec rice in a bowl

This djuvec rice recipe is a healthy yet so simple vegetarian-friendly meal or a side dish. The best part, it's made in one pot!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 4 bell peppers, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 5 medium-size tomatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 tbsp rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tsp consommé seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup water, divided

Instructions

  • Step 1

    In a medium-size pot (I used a Dutch oven), add oil and onion and sauté for 5 minutes on medium-high heat until soft and fragrant..

  • Step 2

    Add bell peppers and saute for 15 minutes, with a lid slightly ajar. Mix occasionally. If you notice that the onion and bell peppers are sticking to the pan (towards the end of those 15 minutes), add ¼ cup water.

  • Step 3

    Lower the temperature to medium heat and add seasoning and tomatoes. Saute for 30 min. Mix occasionally. Make sure you don’t mix it too often, so the tomatoes don't become mush.

  • Step 4

    Add 1 cup of water and rice and sauté for ten more minutes. Serve immediately, enjoy!


Notes

  •  I recommend using red, yellow or orange bell peppers.

  •  Use any rice you prefer, but make sure it does not require a long cooking time.

  •  Make sure to use fresh and high-quality vegetables since there are only a few ingredients in this meal.


8 Comments

  • Kari
    Kari
    Posted on: September 16, 2021 11:15 AM

    I love this Djuvec dish as it sounds so versatile! You can add so many different types of grains to make it new each time! And adding in meat options can continue to change it up, I think chicken sausage might a good one to try.

    Reply
  • Natasa
    Natasa
    Posted on: September 16, 2021 11:21 AM

    Hi Kari! Yes, I love this recipe because it's so versatile and adjustable to your preferences and also what you have on hand. I'm glad you like it!

    Reply
  • Emmeline
    Emmeline
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 09:53 PM

    This looks so simple yet so delicious! I'm not a great cook, but I think even I could handle this lol. Can't wait to try :)

    Reply
  • Natasa
    Natasa
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 10:24 PM

    Hi Emmeline! Yes, that's what I like about this recipe, simple and easy to make, yet so delicious and yummy! :)

    Reply
  • Headphhonesthoughts
    Headphhonesthoughts
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 02:41 PM

    I honestly don't think I have ever had this type of rice. I would love to try it out.

    Reply
  • Natasa
    Natasa
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 04:16 PM

    Hi! This djuvec rice recipe is my favorite thing ever. It's so flavorful from all the fresh veggies. :)

    Reply
  • Kaybee Lives
    Kaybee Lives
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 11:59 AM

    I am so excited to try this! I love all the fresh veggies included in this meal and the flavors look amazing!

    Reply
  • Natasa
    Natasa
    Posted on: September 15, 2021 04:12 PM

    Hi!! I am so glad you like the recipe, I love all the veggies too! Sooo yummy :)

    Reply

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