Vegetable Pilau Rice

    45 min

    This pilau rice is full of flavour and vegetables. It's a delicious one-pot meal, which can be served on its own. I like to serve it with a simple onion and tomato raita.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 6 whole cloves
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 black cardamom pods
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 tablespoon ginger puree
    • 1/2 tablespoon garlic puree
    • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into long strips
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 150g fresh fine green beans, cut into long strips
    • 150g frozen peas
    • 750g basmati rice, rinsed
    • salt to taste
    • 1.5 litres water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan; fry the cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and cumin seeds in the hot oil until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the onion, ginger puree and garlic puree into the spice mixture and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, fine green beans, peas and rice; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Pour the water over the mixture and season with salt; gently mix to incorporate.
    2. Bring the mixture to the boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Cook on low until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook another 15 minutes. Stir gently before serving.

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    This was ok, but with the quantities given in the recipe it came out rather bland. It took over an hour to cook the potatoes and carrots, if I was making this again I would parboil them before adding them to the rice mixture. I would also use less rice or more spices!  -  03 Jul 2012


    pretty good!  -  28 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Simple and easy way to prepare. Also the taste is good.  -  26 Dec 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)