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a casserole dish containing vibrant yellow home-made pilau rice. There are some cardamom pods, a stick of cinnamon and a bay leaf in the rice
Easy Homemade Pilau Rice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Pilau Rice, Homemade Pilau Rice, Pilau Rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 1 tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 3 cm piece Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Cardamom pods
  • 240 g Basmati Rice
  • 480 ml Vegetable Stock or Broth
  • 2 Bay leaves
  1. 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.

  2. If you are making onion pilau rice add a finely chopped onion along with the spices and cook with them until soft.

  3. Add the rice and stir until it is coated with the spice and oil mixture

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Recipe Notes

Homemade Pilau Rice - Tips and Tricks

Nutritional information

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Pilau Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 484mg21%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.