Pilau rice recipe

By Matthew Drennan

  1. Serves 4
  2. Ready in 25 minutes
  3. Rating

Learn to make rice just like your Indian takeaway

tried and tested
Pilau rice


  1. 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  2. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 cinnamon stick, split lengthways
  4. 3/4 tsp cumin seeds, dry-toasted in a pan and crushed
  5. 2 cardamom pods
  6. 6 cloves
  7. 2 tsp ground turmeric
  8. Few sprigs fresh thyme
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 300ml long grain rice (measured in a measuring jug – see recipe for Rice, absorption method)


  1. 1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and gently cook until softened. Stir in the spices and herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and stir until coated. Add 600ml boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer on the lowest setting for 12-15 minutes, until tender. Let the steam dry off, then fluff up with a fork.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 313kcals, 3.9g fat (0.5g saturated), 5.4g protein, 68g carbs, 0.8g sugar, trace salt


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