Vegetable Pilau Recipe

vegetable pilau

A lightly-spiced vegetable pilau that makes a delicious, low-calorie one-pot meal.

Ingredients for Vegetable Pilau:

  • 8 oz (225 g) basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 2 oz (56 g) peas
  • 2 oz (56 g) sweetcorn kernels
  • 1 oz (28 g) cashew nuts, lightly fried
  • 16 fluid oz (475 ml) water
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Method for Vegetable Pilau:

  1. Wash the rice in several changes of cold water, put into a bowl and cover with water and leave it soaking while you get everything else ready. (For about 30 minutes).
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok (must be one with a lid).
  3. Fry the cumin seeds for 2 minutes, add the bay leaves, cardamoms and cloves and fry for a further couple of minutes.
  4. Add the finely diced onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened and slightly browned.
  5. Stir in the carrot and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
  6. Drain the rice and add to the pan, together with the peas, sweetcorn and cashew nuts. Fry for 4 or 5 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.
  7. Add the water, ground cumin and salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes, covered, over a low heat until all the water is absorbed.
  8. Leave to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4 – 6.



Posted in Vegetable Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes, Curries and Rice Dishes, Carrot, Onions, Peas, Sweet Corn

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