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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.


  • 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)


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!

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About the Author

Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD

Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD

Dr. Bojana (Boy•ana) Jankovic Weatherly is an award winning physician, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. After completing internal medicine residency, she did a fellowship in integrative medicine, trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Her approach is rooted in evidence-based medicine that is personalized to each individual she works with.


  1. Mitzi Newman

    Definitely have to try this one. Thanks for sharing

  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.

  3. Mari-Anne Ramson

    Trying this on Saturday. Yum.

    • Bojana Jankovic

      Wonderful! Let us know how it turned out.

  4. Rose Martine

    You are AMAZING! Thank you thank you thank you so much for this. I was considering doing the same thing and you’ve just made the task a lot less daunting.


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