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Simple pilau rice

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Alchemist » Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:58 am

Basmati is best. If you soak them in water for an hour before cooking you should find they lengthen.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by rik » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:23 am

Also, what brand are you using?

There is a difference and a reason why there is a range of brands and prices. Grain length being desirable and at the premium end.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Cory Ander » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:24 am

Please check out the Quality Basmati thread for discussions on which rice members prefer.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Avi31100 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:22 pm

Thank you so much.
I will definitevely try it.
Especially interesting the hint about frozing the rice.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Avi31100 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:10 pm

Tried this evening. Thank you for the recipe. I really love it. :yahoo:

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:49 am

I'm glad you enjoyed it AV :thumbup:

Did you try freezing some ? - it separates the grains better than any cooking method I've come across :D
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Avi31100 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:50 am

Yes. I froze a couple of servings.
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by n3lson » Mon May 30, 2016 2:09 pm

panch poran....

Here in Spain I cant find Nigeria seeds...is there an alternative / substitute that would give a similar result?

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by ScotchBonnet » Mon May 30, 2016 3:01 pm

I don't know what nigella seeds are called in Spanish or if they're readily available. You could just leave them out or maybe try some celery seeds (I have seen these in some Spanish recipes).
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by charliebir » Mon May 30, 2016 3:05 pm

MBC wrote:Panch Phoron is simply a mix (in equal quantities) of 5 whole spices.

Cumin Seed
Nigella Seed (Known as Black seed, nigella or kalonji)
Black Mustard Seed
Fenugreek Seed
Fennel Seed
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by mollycooper » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:19 pm

Could I cheat and use a microwave basmati rice then follow recipe from there.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:51 pm

You could molly but it won't taste the same , pilau relies on the cooking of the rice together with the spices . By all means give it a go but I would recommend you try as per the recipe - it really is very simple indeed :D
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by chichila » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:56 pm

im new here so hi to you all, i have never tried doing pilau rice like this, i have the spices to make my own Panch Puren so will give it a go next time i make pilau rice

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by dalmfirz » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:08 pm

Great post mate.
the way i do mine is i wash the rice ,fry a bay leaf, three green cardamon, five cloves ,2in cinnamon, star annise and 2 black cardamon then place the washed rice in the pan and cover with enough water to come upto the first joint of the first finger resting on the rice ,bring to a boil when the rice is al dente and virtually all water is gone i sprinkle green and orange food colouring either side of the rice and loosly mix then cover pan with cling film and a towel and let it steam for 20 min .the i use a fork to separate the grain recover until needed works every time beautiful fragrant rice.

learnt this whilst serving in iraq from a local worker.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Alchemist » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:47 pm

df - why not post your recipe in it's own thread here?

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Jabba1966 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:09 pm

Im new to this i will try this weekend start simple and work your way up.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:55 pm

That's the way to go Jabba :thumbup:
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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Quennevais149 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:15 pm

The Tea-towel is a great idea and works so well.

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Jonnyquest » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:39 am

very hard to find basmati rice where i am and the one super market that does stock small packets has it very expensive i need to work my way through local varietys to see i find anything close

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Re: Simple pilau rice

Post by Westy » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:39 am

Jonny , although expensive , it really is worth shelling out for . You'll only need 250g for this recipe and that'll serve 4-5 people . I've not found a good alternative to basmati for pilau rice . Good luck anyhow :thumbup:
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