Pilau rice is a traditional Indian dish that goes great with any curry or beef carbonade recipe. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, and is sure to impress all your guests. Here’s how to make pilau rice:
Ingredients and supplies:
8 ounces long grain rice
4 ounces cashews
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cardamom pods
One cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 ounces raisins
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Salt, to taste
Coriander, for garnish
One onion, for garnish
3 tablespoons oil
Small pot with lid
Small frying pan
- Prepare the rice. Thoroughly wash and drain the rice. This will get rid of the starch, which changes the texture of the finished rice.
- Begin the seasoning mixture. If you do not have one of the seasonings, don’t worry. There are many variations of pilau rice, and leaving one out may change the taste, but it won’t change the overall recipe. Heat three tablespoons of oil over high heat in the cooking pot. Then add the cashews, cloves, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, and cinnamon. Keep on high heat, and fry for two minutes.
- Add more ingredients. Now, add the shallots. Fry for two more minutes, and the shallots should turn translucent. Now add the raisins, salt, and turmeric, stirring for a few minutes.
- Cook the rice. Add the rice and two cups of very hot water to the seasonings in the pot, stirring so that the spices coat the rice. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low, allowing the rice to cook gently. It should take about 12-15 minutes for the rice to fully cook. Do not lift the lid during this cooking time. Once the water has been absorbed, taste the rice. If necessary, add less than a quarter cup more rice, and leave for another minute or two with the lid on to allow the rice to finish cooking.
- Prepare the garnish. While the rice is cooking, prepare the garnish. Chop the coriander and slice the onion. Then brown the onion in a little oil.
- Serve. Before serving your rice, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the coriander and onion. They will add a pop of color and interesting taste to this delicious dish.
Spice things up with this delicious and unusual dish. You can serve it alone, with a curry or beef dish, or even as a side dish for something completely different. If you have not cooked a lot of Indian food before, consider this dish for your first foray into the world of Indian food. Once you’ve mastered this basic recipe, try variations including garlic, ginger, almonds, or green peas. You can replace the water with coconut milk or chicken broth for an even more flavorful dish.