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Pilau Rice

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Preparation and Cooking time: 1 hour 15 Minutes: Serves 4


1 Cup Basmati Rice

1 Small Onion Finely Sliced

1½ tsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)

1 tsp Oil

2 Bay Leaf

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

1½ tsp Coriander Seeds

4 Green Cardamom Pods

5 Cloves

1 Pieces of Cinnamon

¼ tsp Peppercorns

¼ tsp Asafoetida (Hing)

¼ tsp Turmeric Powder

¼ tsp Salt


  1. Wash the rice, then soak for 1 hour in water and strain them in a sieve.

  2. Boil 5 cups of water, add the rice and cook them on high heat till nearly cooked. Rinse them in a sieve under cold water to stop the cooking and keep aside.

  3. Heat the oil and ghee at a low heat adding the bay leaf, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and peppercorns.

  4. Sauté for a minute, then add the asafoetida, onions and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes just as the onions get softened, add the turmeric powder and the rice.

  5. Add ⅛ cup of water and mix well, then simmer on a low heat for 5-7 minutes with the lid on;

  6. Make sure the rice is nice and fluffy.

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