Easy Pilau Rice

Pilau rice

AuthorHungry PandaCategoryDifficultyBeginner

This pilau rice is a really easy side dish that you can whip up in no time with your rice cooker. This version is vegan and really delicious. We served this as part of a finger-food medley of samosas and pakora but it could be paired with curries, any other main dish that you want to add a bit more flavour to.

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time45 mins

 1 tbsp groundnut oil
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 1 cinnamon stick, split lengthways
 ¾ tsp cumin seeds, dry-toasted in a pan and crushed (or the same amount of cumin powder)
 2 cardamom pods
 2 tsp tumeric ground
 6 cloves
 1 pinch fresh thyme
 2 bay leaves
 2 cups long grain white rice (rice measuring cups)

1

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and gently cook until softened.

2

Stir in the spices and herbs and cook for 1 minute then add the rice and stir until coated.

3

Transfer rice and spice/onion mix to your rice cooker bowl and add cold water to the level

4

2 on the inner bowl. Close the lid and press start (make sure the setting is on white or long grain).

5

Once cooked, open the lid, fluff up the rice with the spatula and remove the remaining whole pieces of spice.

Ingredients

 1 tbsp groundnut oil
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 1 cinnamon stick, split lengthways
 ¾ tsp cumin seeds, dry-toasted in a pan and crushed (or the same amount of cumin powder)
 2 cardamom pods
 2 tsp tumeric ground
 6 cloves
 1 pinch fresh thyme
 2 bay leaves
 2 cups long grain white rice (rice measuring cups)

Directions

1

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and gently cook until softened.

2

Stir in the spices and herbs and cook for 1 minute then add the rice and stir until coated.

3

Transfer rice and spice/onion mix to your rice cooker bowl and add cold water to the level

4

2 on the inner bowl. Close the lid and press start (make sure the setting is on white or long grain).

5

Once cooked, open the lid, fluff up the rice with the spatula and remove the remaining whole pieces of spice.

Easy Pilau Rice