Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vegetarian Rice Pilaf

Pilaf? Rice pilaf? What are talking about when we refer to pilaf rice or rice pilaf? Basically, its another rice dish, originating from the Indian subcontinent. Can we compare or regard it as another version to Vegetable Biryani or Ghee Rice? If you are asking me, I will say yes. Unless your knowledge to the rice dishes is more well-versed compared to mine? But really, if you are asking me again, how far different can these rice dishes be (Dhal Rice)? Maybe we can't trend alongside my version of Malaysian rice dishes (Turmeric Rice, Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang & Coriander Rice)? Arguable or subjective, or to each our own or we should get into a lengthy discussion, so on and so forth. Nevermind. Your opinion does matter of course, but for the time being, lets just leave it as it is because I want to move on to this Vegetarian Rice Pilaf. Simplicity as usual. My cooking style and my recipes. Minimal ingredients. Regardless, without compromising on its tastes. Vegetable stock/broth I believe will heighten its tastes further, but if you don't want to, its up to you. Ghee, spices and coriander leaves by themselves I think should be a great deal for lending the aroma and tastes, and of course, almond stripes providing the crunchiness. 

2 cups white rice - wash and drain off excess water.
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp thin almond pieces
4 shallots - sliced thinly
Spices - 2 sticks of cinnamon, 4 cloves and 4 cardamom
2 sprigs of coriander leaves - sliced
1 cup vegetable broth
2 cups water
Salt for taste

Heat ghee and when heated, fry almonds till brown and crunchy.  
Remove and keep aside.
Do the same to the shallots - fry, remove and keep aside. 
In the same ghee, fry spices for a minute
Add rice and stir to combine in - 2-3 minutes. 
Tip rice mixture into rice cooker.  
Pour vegetable broth/stock and water. 
Season with salt. 
Stir and cook rice. 
Once rice is cooked, fluff up.  
Before serving, garnish with coriander leaves, fried almonds and shallots. 

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  1. Like you I love the richness of ghee..yet yes...i also worry about the fattening aspects of ghee. But heck once in a while is fine!

  2. Almond ghee rice looks gorgeous & delicious..... :-)

  3. So simple yet so delicious, NK!

  4. I have never tried rice like this before but it looks delish :)

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  5. sigh....yesterday i tried making briyani rice...failed

  6. I love ghee rice..this looks super yummy

  7. One easy tasty delicious and healthy rice :)

  8. Ghee and Almond, WOW! I am hungry :-) Looks super delicious!


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