Wednesday 3 October 2012

Quick Pilau Rice

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

This recipe is a quick pilau recipe. 

Pilau is one of the signature dishes of Pakistan and is usually made with lamb or chicken. Every Pakistani household has their own recipe.
This is my mothers quick pilau recipe. This is made without meat but still has that same pilau flavour. It is especially good when you have last minute guests over!

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Basmati Rice
2. Sunflower Oil
3. Cumin Seeds
4. An Onion
5. Green Chilli
6. Salt
7. Water

Bismillah, let's begin!

Wash 3 cups Basmati Rice until its water runs clear. Soak it with plenty of water for at least half an hour before you to cook it.

Heat 4 tablespoons Sunflower Oil in a large saucepan.

Take 3 teaspoons Cumin Seeds.

Add them to the hot oil and let them darken and start popping.

Peel 1 large Onion.

Take 1 Green Chilli.

Slice the onion and chilli and add to the hot oil. Add 2 teaspoons Salt.

 Brown the onions until they go dark brown. The darker you brown them, the darker the rice will be. It's all up to you!

 Now add 5 and 1/2 cups Water.

And bring it to the boil.

Drain the rice.

Add the rice to the pan. Bring to the boil again and put on a medium heat. Let the rice soak up the water and then put on the lowest heat. Cover it and leave for 20 minutes.
Uncover and turn the rice over and check that it is cooked.

And serve!
Serve with a curry or just have it with yoghurt chutney!

Full Written Recipe:

Quick Pilau Rice

·     3 cups Basmati Rice
·     4 tablespoons Sunflower Oil
·     3 teaspoons Cumin Seeds
·     1 large Onion, peeled and sliced
·     1 Green Chilli, chopped
·     2 teaspoons Salt
·     5 and ½ cups Water


1.  Wash the rice until its water runs clear. Soak in plenty of water for at least ½ hour before cooking.

2.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the cumin seeds and fry until they start to pop.

3.  Add the onion, green chilli and salt. Fry the onions until they are dark brown.

4.  Add the water, and bring to the boil.

5.  Drain the rice and add to the pan. Bring to the boil again, and then leave on a medium heat until the rice has soaked up all the water.

6.  Then, place on the lowest heat. Cover and cook the rice for 20 minutes.

7.  Uncover and serve!

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