Pilau rice
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 25 minutes

Pilau rice is the perfect accompaniment for an Indian main. Quick and easy to make, this side was made for soaking up rich curries.

Looking for another great side for an Indian feast? How about these soft, buttery naan breads?

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
313kcals
Fat
3.9g (0.5g saturated)
Protein
5.4g
Carbohydrates
68g (0.8g sugar)
Salt
none
Calories
313kcals
Fat
3.9g (0.5g saturated)
Protein
5.4g
Carbohydrates
68g (0.8g sugar)
Salt
none

Ingredients

  • 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)

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.

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  1. I used 250 ml basmati rice instead of long grain and cooked it using absorption method – added 500 ml water, brought to boil, simmered for 10 mins, turned off heat and leave covered for 15 minutes. I reduced the cloves to 3 and added some salt. Perfect!

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