Indian Pilau Rice Recipe
Pilau rice is a common accompaniment to Indian curries, and you will find it served up in many different ways and forms in different restaurants across the world. This simple Indian pilau rice recipe will show you how to make fragrant pilau rice in your microwave rice cooker.
How best to cook rice?
Over the years I have tried different ways of cooking rice – in the pan and in the microwave and I must say using the microwave is the best way every time. It always gives consistent results, irrespective of the amount of rice you are cooking.
Admittedly I do not have a rice cooker, and I have not yet tried our Instant Pot to cook rice, but the results I get in the microwave are superb. It is a bit like a bread machine – you throw everything in, set the timer and let it do its work! You do not need to constantly watch it.
My recipe calls for one water check halfway through the ten-minute cycle but apart from that, it is very simple. If you do not have a microwave rice cooker I suggest you get one – I have one from Pampered Chef that has seen better days but is still going strong! I swear by it.
How to cook Basmati Rice
This recipe calls for basmati rice which is an Indian long grained white rice. In the past I used to cook the rice without any preparation, which did not always give the right results. Sometimes I would end up with sticky rice, which is not really what you want in a pilau rice.
The most important trick to cooking basmati rice properly, either in a pan or in the microwave, is to give it a good rinse and soak in water before cooking. What this does is remove the layer of starch from the outside of the rice grains.
This is essential and stops the rice from sticking together. I wish I had known this earlier. If you don’t normally do this, then try it. You will see what I mean and what a difference it makes to the cooked rice.
Ingredients for Pilau rice
As mentioned before Pilau rice varies a lot from place to place. This recipe is very simple and only includes a few spices.
You can experiment by adding things like a cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cloves, peas, fried onions and all sorts of other things if you are being adventurous. It’s up to you.
Some places even colour their rice grains to add colour to the white grains.
Here I have done that using turmeric and saffron to give the rice a nice yellow colour.
I hope you get on well with this easy pilau rice recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
How to prepare Pilau Rice