how to cook pilau rice

Pilau Rice

  • Author: alingoday
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


Pilau (or pilaf) rice is so much more interesting than plain boiled rice. Spiced with cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon.



4 – 5 cups Boiled Rice (Basmati rice)
5 pcs. Cardamon Pods
1/2 cup Fresh Coriander, finely chopped
1 tsp. Cumin Seed
2 large Onion, chopped
1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 small Cinnamon Stick
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for sautéing


  1. Pre-heat pan with oil. Sauté onion till it caramelise.
  2. Add cardamon pods, cinnamon stick, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Continue to sauté for 2 – 3 minutes to infuse the spices.
  3. Add loosened boiled rice (it’s better to use Basmati rice). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for 10 – 15 minutes. The longer you fry the rice, the better.
  4. Add the chopped coriander leaves and turn off the heat. Mix it well. The heat from the fried rice will be enough to cook the coriander.
  5. Transfer in a serving plate and ready to serve. Enjoy!

  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Middle East

Keywords: pilau, pilaf, pilau rice, rice