Pilau rice

  • Serves 4
  • Ready in 25 minutes
  • Easy
This quick rice recipe makes the perfect side dish at an Indian meal.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories313kcals
  • Fat3.9g (0.5g saturated)
  • Protein5.4g
  • Carbohydrates68g (0.8g sugar)
  • Saltnone

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  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick, split lengthways
  • ¾ 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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