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pilau rice

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

It smells awesome, looks absolutely delicious, and tastes incredible! This is a delectable change from ordinary rice.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 12 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pilau rice

  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 c
    finely chopped white onions
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 sm
    clove garlic, pressed
  • 1
    cinnamon stick
  • 5
    cardamom pods
  • 4
    whole cloves
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 c
    basmati rice, rinsed thoroughly and drained
  • 3 c
    low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper (I always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 2 lg
    bay leaves

How To Make pilau rice

  • 1
    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the ghee and oil. When hot and melted, add the onions and season with salt. Sauté for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • 2
    Add the pressed garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • 3
    Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, whole cloves, and cumin seeds. Stir the ingredients continuously for 2 minutes. Add the turmeric and stir to coat.
  • 4
    Add the rice and mix well until coated.
  • 5
    Pour in the broth, add freshly ground black pepper and bay leaves; stir.
  • 6
    Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 - 16 minutes.
  • 7
    When time is up, turn off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes, covered.
  • 8
    Uncover, remove cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, and bay leaves with tongs; discard.
  • 9
    Using a fork, fluff the rice and serve immediately.
  • 10
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