How to Cook Pilau Rice

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Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian cuisine all have different variations of a pilaf-like recipe known as pilau rice. This dish makes use of the popular basmati rice that is grown along the Himalayan foothills and common in Indian cuisine. To create a truly authentic and exotic dish of curry, stir fry, or one of your other ethnic favorites, you can introduce a side of pilau rice to dazzle your guests and tingle their taste buds. Making Pilau rice isn't difficult, and gives you the ability to experiment with exotic flavors.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-quart pot
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 tbsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup dehydrated apricots
  • 14 inch skillet
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil in the 8-quart pot.

  • Add 1 cup of basmati rice to the pot. Add the minced garlic, onion, clove and bouillon to the pot. Cover it and reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Add the peanut oil to the skillet and place it on the stove. Set the temperature to a medium-high setting. Let it heat up for five minutes.

  • Dump the rice mixture and dehydrated apricots into the skillet. Stir it constantly for five minutes as it sizzles in the pan.

  • Turn off the stove and pour the cooked pilau rice into a serving bowl. Serve with your choice of entree.

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