Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rice Pilaf


Rice Pilaf. What is rice pilaf? If you are asking me, its basically a rice dish which originated from India and of course, a staple in other parts of the world as well. There are various types from various contingents and each cooked according to area specific. My this Rice Pilaf is just the basic (Ghee Rice, Coriander Rice & Turmeric Rice). The usual staples we usually stock up at home and my style to cooking rice dish as you know is rice cooker supported. Been like that for donkey years and I don't think I will want to try the over the stove cooking. Honestly, I really don't want to keep an eye cooking rice over the stove and rice cooker (Kampung Fried Rice, Malaysian Fried Rice, Baked Rice PuddingNasi Lemak Sambal Udang) by far for me, is the easiest. Put all the ingredients and? Yes. Let rice cooker do its job (Nasi Dagang, Dhal Rice & Vegetarian Nasi Lemak). After all, that's why rice cooker was invented? So, why should we not be rice cooker friendly? Unless you have a particular reason why you should not or you still prefer the conventional style to cooking rice (Vegetarian Biryani)?  So, what's with my Rice Pilaf? Rice cooked alongside ghee, almond, shallots, vegetable broth and of course, must be scented by spices. 

Ingredients
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

Method
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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11 comments:

  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!

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

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  3. So simple yet so delicious, NK!

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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

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

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  7. One easy tasty delicious and healthy rice :)

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

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