Djuvec

by | June 6, 2018

Image above: Djuvec in the making.

Djuvec (pronounced Duvech) is a Balkan, Romanian and Turkish dish. It is a stew made of vegetables, rice and meat. There are many different versions of it, and below I will share my family’s version that I grew up with.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white or brown rice (white rice is part of my family recipe, but I usually cook with brown for the nutritional content, lower glycemic index + higher fiber content)
  • ½ onion (chopped)
  • 1-1.5 bell peppers (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 2 small potatoes (cut in small pieces)
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes (cut in 4 pieces)
  • 1-2 chicken breasts (optional; cut in cubes)
  • 2 teaspoons of vegeta (non-MSG vegeta)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Himalayan salt and pepper (optional; added to taste)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 asparagus (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen green peas (optional)
  • 1-2 cups small broccoli trees (optional)

Instructions

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil on low to medium heat and saute onions. When they have turned yellowish, add carrots, peppers, tomatoes, chicken and potatoes. Stir frequently. After a few minutes, add rice, optional ingredients and seasoning as desired, and continue to mix, letting the rice fry. When half cooked, add water (my rule of thumb is that if I use 1 cup of rice, I will require approximately 2 cups of water), stir and transfer contents to oven pan and distribute evenly.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake until fully done (typically 30-45 minutes).

Bon appetit!

About the Author

Dr. Bojana (Boy•ana) Jankovic Weatherly is an award winning board certified internal medicine physician. As part of her mission to deliver accessible, evidence- based health and wellness information, she created this website, featuring her videos, articles and recipes.

4 Comments

  1. Mitzi Newman

    Definitely have to try this one. Thanks for sharing

    Reply
  2. Annamaria Spano

    I like the way you cook because you can mix vegetables with other foods, making it all very good. I’m not a lover of vegetables, not all of you, but in this blog I’m finding so many good ideas, thank you very much.

    Reply
  3. Mari-Anne Ramson

    Trying this on Saturday. Yum.

    Reply
    • Bojana Jankovic

      Wonderful! Let us know how it turned out.

      Reply

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