Pilau rice

  • for 4 people
  • Ready in 25 minutes
  • Easy

Nutritional info per serving

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

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


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.

From October 2004

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