Pilau or Pulao (Fragrant Rice)

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by evelynathens

A fragrant layered rice mixture to serve with the meal. From lcbo.ca

Top Review by Galley Wench

This was great! I'm new at cooking Indian food and was a little apprehensive of the process, but I didn't have to worry, because it was perfect . . . fragrant, fluffy and fabulous! Thanks for sharing. UPDATE 8/31: Prepared this dish again last night and it did not disappoint. Made it to go with Recipe #247639 . . . DH thought he was back in India again! Love this cooking method! Thanks again, Evelyn.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak basmati rice in water to cover for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. While rice is soaking, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion and salt, and sauté for 10 minutes or until brown and crisp.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add rice and boil for 3 minutes. Drain.
  5. Butter a heavy ovenproof saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Divide rice in three. Place a layer of rice on base. Scatter over half of mint, coriander and garam masala and half of onions. Repeat layers ending with rice. Pour over lemon juice. Stir together saffron and milk in a bowl. Pour over rice. Cover with a circle of parchment paper and the lid.
  6. Place in oven and steam for 30 to 40 minutes or until rice is tender.

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