Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is my very own, 100% original recipe for an authentic Indian "pulao". The word "pilaf" is distortion of the word "pulao" which simply means a rice dish cooked with veggies and spices. This tastes great with a spicy raita, or with plain yogurt. Using margarine makes this a vegan.
- 0 small onion, chopped
- 1.23 ml garlic powder or 1.23 ml garlic paste (You can use minced fresh garlic, to your taste)
- 2.46 ml butter or 2.46 ml ghee or 2.46 ml margarine
- 59.14 ml basmati rice or 59.14 ml long-grain rice
- 1.23 ml cumin seed
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-5 peppercorns
- 4-5 cloves
- 59.14 ml carrot, sliced
- 59.14 ml fresh peas or 59.14 ml frozen peas
- 1.23 ml salt (or to taste)
- 177.44-236.59 ml water
- pepper (optional)
- Wash the rice well; drain.
- Melt butter/margarine/ghee in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
- Saute garlic paste/powder/minced garlic in butter for about 15 seconds, then add the chopped onions and saute until browned, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add the rice, cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and cloves to the onion-garlic mixture and saute for 10-15 minutes or until the rice is evenly browned.
- Now add carrots, peas, salt, and water, stir, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, without stirring, until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Uncover and evaporate excess water if any, remove from flame, and fluff up with a fork.
- Season with extra salt and pepper, if necessary, and serve hot!
This was beeeeautiful! I increased the servings to 4, I soaked the rice for about 20 minutes before using. It was delicious hot and superb cold... this is certainly going to be used by me veeery often. Thanks Anu!
I really liked this. It was a really yummy pulao, and easy to do. My only quibble is that the rice cooking times were off for me, but otherwise this was gold.
I agree with everyone else. This dish smells fabulous and tastes even better. Very simple to do. Just count the cloves you put in so you can fish them out--not so lovely to bite into one.