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A bowl of yellow pilau rice with bay leaves and a cinnamon stick

Pilau rice

Published: May 25, 2022 at 5:07 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Serve pilau rice alongside Indian-style curries – ground turmeric gives it that lovely golden yellow colour

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal269
fat6.6g
saturates3.6g
carbs45.9g
sugars2.2g
fibre1.8g
protein5.6g
salt0g
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Make this pilau rice as an accompaniment for one of our Indian-style curries, then check out our yellow rice, vegetable pilaf, Mexican rice and more easy rice recipes.

Ingredients

  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 240g basmati rice

Method

  • STEP 1

    Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat and, once foaming, cook the onion, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves for 10 minutes until the onions have softened and are starting to caramelise. Tip in the turmeric and bay leaves, and mix briefly.

  • STEP 2

    Rinse the rice thoroughly, then tip into the pan along with 480ml of cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low, put on a lid and cook gently for 10-12 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Remove from the heat and leave to steam with the lid on for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Make this rice to accompany one of our Indian-inspired curry recipes

Rajasthan laal maas

Goes well with

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