Pilau Rice Recipe

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Jasper Modified: December 1, 2021
Pilau Rice Recipe


How To Make Pilau Rice

Spice up your meal with this pilau rice recipe. You don't need to go to an Indian restaurant to enjoy this tasty and perfectly spiced dish.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins


  • 2 tbsp butter, or ghee, or olive oil
  • 1 white onion, large, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick, (3 cm)
  • 4 cardamom pods, bashed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • cups basmati rice
  • cups water, boiling


  1. Melt the butter very gently in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the sliced onion, cinnamon, bashed cardamom pods, cloves, turmeric, salt and bay leaves. Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until the onions are very soft but not brown, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add in the basmati rice and stir to coat the rice in the onions and spices.
  3. Pour in the boiling water and bring back to the boil. Cover with a lid and turn the heat right down. Continue cooking for 8 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

  4. Turn the heat off completely (take the saucepan off the burner if using electric), but leave the lid on. Allow the rice to steam for 5 minutes.

  5. Serve with favourite curry.


  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 30mg
  • Calories: 227kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 114mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 242mg
  • Vitamin A: 152IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
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