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Simple pilau rice

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:57 am

Any other long-grain rice should be a suitable alternative.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Billo73 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:15 pm

I've dribbled over a few drops Saffron /boiling water mix, like you would for Biryani...delicious.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:42 pm

Nice one Billo - you can personalise it how you like .... glad you enjoyed it :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by adamup » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:35 pm

This turned out great! If anybody is having trouble finding Panch Puren (even my very, very well-stocked local Indian market didn't have any), it's easy to make your own.

I mixed together these seeds (not powder) in equal quantities:

Cumin
Fenugreek
Fennel
Brown mustard seeds
Kalonji

Thanks for the great recipe.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Jenkitractorboy » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:02 am

This weekend was my first trying to use any of the BIR recipes. No disasters but I was most pleased with the pilau rice. This is the recipe I followed, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't use any coulouring or garnish. Is there anything you would recommend to use - including brands please - to make it look the part.
Thank you for sharing your expertise. Lovely.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Cory Ander » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:56 am

Suggest you check out the Colouring, Chat About Rice sections of the forum, Jenki. Also plenty of recipes using colourings (and garnishes) in the Rice Recipes section.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:17 pm

Nice one Jenki - always nice to see positive feedback :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by greedouk » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:59 am

Not heard of the PP before but wow what a difference it makes to the end product, tried this recipe last night and it was great :thumbup:

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:42 pm

Panch Poran is great , I use it in Dhal too to good effect - glad you liked the rice greedouk :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Rusty » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:36 pm

Must give this a go Westy my rice has been letting my curries down always just thrown into a rice cooker. I also use panch phoron on my Bombay potatoes.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by tomtiddler » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:03 pm

That looks great, I've tried many recipes for pilau rice, some from books and some from youtube etc. but have never been entirely satisfied with the end result. So I will definitely give this a try.
By the way Is the green food colouring available from my local asian supermarket? My other question as a newbie is: what is the best naan bread/chapati recipe? Again I have tried so many but they haven't been that great or consistent, I want to find a relatively simple recipe so I can freeze it and have it ready when I make curry.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:39 pm

This is a simple rice recipe Tom aimed at getting people started - it's not the best but very passable and 'simple' :thumbup:
The green colour should be available at any Asian shop ( not Asian wallpaper shop ) and for breads of any description take a look in the bread section of this forum - some great naans and chappatis in there :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by tomtiddler » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:51 pm

I tried this recipe this evening, simple and straight forward, we had it with a very nice Keema Rogan Josh and all the trimmings..
Thanks Westy for pointing me in the right direction.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Phoebot » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:42 pm

This looks lovely, I've never attempted pilau rice.
I think I'll have a batch cooking day this week to save a monster evening of washing up after dinner!

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:35 am

You'll be fine with this Phoebot - just follow the instructions carefully :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by chrisbeesfc » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:14 am

Will have to give this a go, looks very good and simple, plain boiled rice from the rice cooker isn't quite the same!

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Seabass » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:51 am

Going to try this at the weekend as it sounds wonderful to me. Just ordered some of the spices needed.

Ps..I must have popped my clogs and gone to heaven because trying to cook that lovely pilou rice we get in our local Indian restaurant has been like trying to knit fog for me over th last 20 years.

Thanks you sooooo much for this X

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Seabass » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:23 pm

Cooked this recipe an hour ago with all the ingredients and have to say it pretty good,but without offending anyone it was very different from the pilou rice our local take away serves up???. I think our local Indian uses more aniseed and cardormon flavor but as a complete novice to BIR I am not sure exactly what they must be using? Again,no offense intended as I realize many members obviously like this dish but maybe I am missing something ??

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by ScotchBonnet » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:44 pm

So, maybe fry some cardamom pods and a star anise with the panch phoren and then follow the rest of this recipe and see how that turns out for you? I'd take this recipe as a starter to get the technique right and then alter the flavour to suit particular tastes.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Seabass » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:51 pm

Oh wow..of course!

Will try again with those two spices mixed in with your recipe and come back to you all.

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