Indian pilau rice

    30 min

    It does not take much more than basmati rice, fried onions and a few spices to make an amazing pilau rice.

    Midlothian, Scotland, UK
    27 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500g basmati rice
    • 3 medium onions, sliced
    • 1 heaped tablespoon butter
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 5 cardamon pods
    • 8 cloves
    • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 700ml boiling water
    • salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Put the rice in a bowl with cold water to cover and leave it to rest for at least 30 minutes.
    2. In meantime, in a large non stick pan, fry onions with butter until golden. Add all spices and fry for 1 minute.
    3. Drain rice and add to pan. Fry on a high heat until it gets some colour, about 4 minutes, stirring often.
    4. Add the boiling water with a pinch of salt. Leave to boil, and then put the lid on or a piece of wrapping foil (so it's steaming) on the lowest heat possible setting. Steam until the rice is tender, about 8 minutes.
    5. Remove cardamon pods and cloves before serving.

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    Reviews in English (3)


    Simple to make, tastes lovely!  -  11 Feb 2018


    Delicious and authentic  -  03 Dec 2017


    Made this as a side dish for a family curry night, very easy to make and a hit with everyone.  -  17 May 2015