Pilau (Rice) Recipe


2 c. Basmati rice, rinsed and drained

3 c. water

1 tbsp. oil

1 tsp. salt

2 cinnamon sticks

6 cloves

6 cardamom pods

1 bay leaf

Pinch of saffron, or ¼ tsp. turmeric


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an ovenproof pot, sauté spices (except saffron) and salt in oil until the cardamom pods start to pop, a couple of minutes. Add rice and sauté a minute more until the grains are coated with oil.

Add the water and saffron (if using) and bring to a boil. Remove pot from flame and transfer to oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. 

Serve garnished with kishmish badam (see recipe).

Makes 8-10 servings.