June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

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June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby charliebir » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:08 pm

This month's Curry Club "Curry of the Month" recipe is charliebir's caramelised onion pilau kindly selected by haldi.

Remember, the first member to try this recipe (anew) and report back, with photos, gets to select next month's recipe....

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I make this often. Its one of our favourites.

Ingredients
1 chsp oil.
50g onion, chopped.
1/2 tsp Panch Phoran.
Precooked basmati rice from fridge.
Large pinch of Yellow food colouring. (to your preference.

Method

Couldn't be simpler.

Chop onion and add it to the pan with the oil.

Fry slowly until edges of onion start to brown.

Add Panch Phoran, increase heat to pop seeds and brown onion further.

Further increase heat, add rice and food colouring.

Stir until heated through.

Serve Up ! Enjoy it.

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Chopped Onion


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Panch Phoran Added


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Onion Browned


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Finished Dish
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Re: Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby rshome123 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:21 pm

A delicious looking rice recipe. Does I taste as good as it looks?
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Re: Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby charliebir » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:11 am

Good morning, rs. Thanks for your comments.

If I may say so, it tastes better than it looks.

The caramelised onion adds another layer of flavour to it.

Normal onion is also ok if you are not into the caramelised ones.
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Re: Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Chickenbhoona » Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:01 am

Well I definitely love caramelised onions,and definitely love the look of your rice,going to be trying this very soon thank you. :thumbup:
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Re: Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Cory Ander » Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:04 am

Looks nice, charlie, thanks for sharing your recipe 8-)
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Re: Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby TopHouse » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:19 pm

Might be tempted to give this a go but substituting the food colouring for a touch of turmeric, not a fan of colouring.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Cory Ander » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:16 am

This month's Curry Club "Curry of the Month" recipe is charliebir's caramelised onion pilau kindly selected by haldi.

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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby pauly » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:39 pm

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I made this tonight along with rshome123's Saag Aloo (again) & a Tarka Dhal served with plain yoghurt. It all went together well, the rice is very tasty & made a nice change from Pilau. My wife agreed & said she would definitely have it again.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby steveparadox » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:42 pm

@ TopHouse - Turmeric would add a nice colouring as would asafetida!
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Cory Ander » Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:37 am

Looks great, pauly, thanks for trying it so quickly and for reporting back with you excellent photos 8-)
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby haldi » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:20 am

This recipe is really good
I like rice and cook it a lot
It's a very simple recipe
But simple, when done right, is the best
I cooked it to very positive results
I made a couple of subtle changes
The changes I made were
pre heat the rice in it's carton, in a microwave, before adding to the onions
Every takeaway I have been in, does that
No one adds it cold
Same goes for chicken tikka, if that's added to something, it's always heated in the microwave first
The other change was, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt when the rice goes in
It's a touch bland without it
But maybe I cook my boiled rice with less salt
It's a lovely accompaniment
Thank you Charliebir
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby ScotchBonnet » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:49 pm

Well, I have to admit that it looks good but I generally cheat and use pre-cooked, commercially-bought crispy onions which I get from either the Polish shop or Polish aisle in the supermarket or from an Indian shop or from a Chinese supermarket.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby charliebir » Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:34 pm

Thank you haldi for your nomination and thank you to Pauly and every one who has tried it up till now.

It is a favourite in our house.

Regarding the salt, its down to preference. I tend to not use salt during or after cooking in anything, but thats just me !
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Greybeard » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:54 pm

Tried this tonight, and it was really tasty. There were a number of rather unsavoury words used in the preparation of this recipe, as the lid was not properly screwed onto my TRS yellow food colouring. Picking it up by the top, the bottom part fell off and landed on the floor, tipping 50% of the contents on the floor ...

A nice easy dish to prepare though, quicker than Julian Voight's version.

As a matter of interest Pauly, what brand of rice do you use? Tried out some Badshah I've just purchased for the dish, but the grains are nowhere as long as yours (despite soaking).
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby pauly » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:01 am

It's Ashvill Greybeard, Here It's certainly the best we've tried.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Greybeard » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:20 am

Thanks Pauly.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby andycullz » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:53 pm

I added a little bit of diced chicken tikka. Delicious.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby pauly » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:13 pm

A good idea andy, I can imagine that was very nice.
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby andycullz » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:29 am

It was Pauly. Next time I will put more chicken Tikka in and have it as a main meal rather than a snack. Cheers Charliebir for this one. It's a keeper. :thumbup:
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Re: June 2017 - charliebir's Caramelised Onion Pillau

Postby Cory Ander » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:10 am

looks tasty, Andy, thanks for trying it and for reporting back with your photo 8-)
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