Easy Indian Basmati Rice Pilau

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rice-pilau-tureenPilau rice should be familiar to most eater of Indian food, whether at restaurants or in the home.  The following is just one recipe for preparing it with an authentic taste.

Basmati rice is preferred for this dish, though to be honest, any variant of Indian long grain rice should still produce good results – they just wont yield a Basmati Rice Pilau.


  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 stick cinnamon, coarsely ground
  • 3 whole cloves, coarsely ground
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chilli (not chilli powder)
  • 10 fresh green beans, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • several sprigs cilantro (coriander shoots and leaves), chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a large, heavy, non-reactive skillet or saucepan, heat the clarified butter over medium-low heat and sauté the ground cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom pods to release their flavour.
  2. Add the cumin seeds and onion and sauté until the onion is golden, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add salt, 2 cups of water, and rice to the skillet, tightly cover, and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
  5. About 5 minutes before the rice is done, add the ground chilli, green beans, carrots, and peas and cook for 5 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro / coriander.

That’s Cookin’

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