Pilau Rice Recipe from Channel 4

From Channel 4 website, click here.

Serves 4
Ready in 25 minutes

Nutritional Information

Per serving:
3.9g fat (0.5g saturated)
5.4g protein
68g carbs
0.8g sugar
trace salt


  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick, split lengthways
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds, dry-toasted in a pan and crushed
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300ml long grain rice (measured in a measuring jug – see recipe for Rice, absorption method)

1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and gently cook until softened. Stir in the spices and herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and stir until coated. Add 600ml boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer on the lowest setting for 12-15 minutes, until tender. Let the steam dry off, then fluff up with a fork.

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