RECIPE: Turmeric Garlic Pilaf

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  • 350g Basmati rice

  • 2 tsp turmeric

  • 2 star anise seeds

  • 5-6 black peppercorns

  • 2-3 cloves

  • 1 inch cinnamon stick

  • 2 black cardamom

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 6-7 cloves garlic (sliced/chopped)

  • 1 large onion (thinly sliced)

  • 20g cashews

  • 45g green peas

  • 15g raisins


  • Wash and soak rice in water for minimum 30 minutes.

  • Bring 1.2L of water to boil in a large saucepan, add soaked rice, turmeric powder, star anise seeds, black peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamom, and 2 tablespoons of oil. Gently stir, then let the rice boil for 5-7 minutes.

  • Once rice is cooked (rice should soft) switch off the heat and drain in a colander. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

  • Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves and stir. Add sliced garlic and onion to it and sauté till they are golden in colour. Add cashews and sauté again. 

  • Now add peas and sauté again. Cover the pan with lid and let peas cook for 3-4 minutes. Add raisins and sauté. Add cooked rice and mix well. Cover the pan again and let rice steam for 3-4 minutes.

  • Switch off the heat and serve the rice hot. Enjoy!

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    Author: Minerva Studio

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