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.

How to make Pilau rice...step-by-step video

Pilau rice recipe


  • 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


  • 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


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