My easy pilau rice is ready in less than 30 minutes with about 2 minutes hands on time. Never buy ready made or order take out again. Make a double batch and freeze for another day. Serves 4 as the main side for an Indian meal, or 6 if you are also having bread.
Pour the oil into the bottom of a heavy saucepan, or casserole dish (Dutch oven) and heat over a low flame. Crack the cardamom pods - the best way to do this is on a chopping board with the side of a heavy knife. Add the cardamom, turmeric and cumin and fry for a minute until fragrant.
If you are making onion pilau rice add a finely chopped onion along with the spices and cook with them until soft.
Add the rice and stir until it is coated with the spice and oil mixture
Pour over the stock, add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick and give a quick stir. Add a little salt. Bring to a gentle simmer, put the lid on the pan and leave on the lowest heat for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes take the pan off the stove top. The rice would have absorbed all the liquid. Fluff the rice with a fork, replace the lid and allow to stand for up to 15 minutes.
Homemade Pilau Rice - Tips and Tricks