Pilau Rice Recipe

Colourful Pilau rice perfect as the base to any Asian curry or beef carbonade. The variety makes this recipe a must. Taste our Pilau Rice recipe.


• 8 ¾ oz long grain rice
• 4 1⁄3 oz cashew nuts
• 3 tbsp vegetable oil
• 4 cloves
• 2 cardamom pods
• A 2cm piece of a cinnamon stick
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 6 shallots
• 4 1⁄3 oz raisins
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tsp saffron threads
• 17 fl oz boiling water
• salt
• 1 bunch of coriander for garnish
• oil for frying
• 1 onion for garnish


Step 1: Prepare the ingredients
First of all, put the water to boil in the small pot and add the saffron threads. Thoroughly wash and drain the rice. This will get rid of most of the starch in it, enabling it to cook as individual grains.

Step 2: Get started
In the pan, heat the 3 tablespoons of oil on a high temperature. Add the nuts, cloves, cardamoms, cumin seeds and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add the other ingredients
Add the shallots and fry for 2 minutes, till they are translucent. Add the raisins, salt and turmeric and stir for a few seconds.

Step 4: Cook the rice
Add the clean rice and stir well until all the grains have been coated with the spices. Add the boiling water. Cover the pan and turn the heat to low, allowing the rice to cook gently in its spices. This should take about 12-15 minutes.

Step 5: Prepare the garnish
Whilst the rice is cooking, chop the coriander roughly. Slice the onion and brown in a little oil. Keep both aside, ready for garnishing at the end.

Step 6: Remove the rice
When the water is absorbed in the pan, test the rice by tasting it to see if it is done. If necessary, leave for another minute or two, with the lid on.

Step 7: Garnish
Garnish with the chopped coriander and the crispy browned onion slices, thereby adding extra taste and colour to this dish.

Step 8: Serve straight from the pan, with any type of curry or a beef carbonade.

Serves: 4

Preparation Time for Pilau Rice: 5 minutes

Cooking Time for Pilau Rice: 20 minutes