pilaf rice recipe | rice pilaf recipe | asian style veg pilaf recipe

pilaf rice recipe with step by step photos. this delicious recipe of rice pilaf or veg pilaf is asian inspired. long ago i remember visiting a fine dining chinese restaurant in bombay. this restaurant served authentic chinese cuisine and not the indo chinese fare.

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they had served excellent veg rice. from the taste i could make out, that the rice was not fried rice. the rice was steamed with veggies and had this faint flavor of star anise. i did try making a simple steamed rice without veggies with star anise and it was so good….. that whenever i make a chinese sauce based dish, i always end up making this version of rice and not the chinese fried rice.

recently i came across a similar recipe with veggies in nita mehta’s cookbook: “biryanis and pulaos”. i had to try this recipe and it was awesome. i have made some changes in the proportions and added a few ingredients in this rice recipe.

this asian style veg pilaf goes very well with any indo chinese sauce based dish like veg manchurian, cauliflower manchurian, tofu or paneer Manchurian or even chilli paneer. its also good, as it is with some spicy black bean sauce or schezwan sauce.

this rice pilaf recipe is also good for kids as its neither spicy nor hot. you can also add some blanched green peas to the recipe. choice of veggies like baby corn, french beans, peas, corn kernels, bell peppers can be added to the rice.

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pilaf rice recipe

5 from 2 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:asian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
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INGREDIENTS FOR pilaf rice recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 cup basmati rice or long grained rice - soaked for 30 minutes
  • 2 cups water or veg stock
  • 2 spring onions or scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ to ¾ cup small broccoli or cauliflower florets (gobi) - blanched in salted water
  • cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon chopped celery
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or as required
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 star anise (chakriphool)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon julienned ginger (adrak)
  • salt as required
  • 8 to 10 fried or roasted whole cashews (kaju) OR ¼ cup shelled peanuts (moongphali) fried or roasted

HOW TO MAKE pilaf rice recipe

  • heat oil in a deep pot or pan. add the cinnamon and star anise.
  • fry till they become fragrant and release their aroma in the oil.
  • now add the whites of the spring onions and fry till they are light golden.
  • add the ginger and fry for 30 seconds.
  • add the carrots and broccoli and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • sprinkle the black pepper powder and salt.
  • add the soy sauce, celery and stir for a minute.
  • now add the soaked and drained rice and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • add water or veg stock and stir again.
  • check the seasoning and add salt or pepper or soy sauce if required.
  • cover with a tight lid and cook the rice till they are cooked with separate grains.
  • check the rice in between whilst cooking. if the water dries up then add a few tbsp of water.
  • don't stir as it will break the rice grains.
  • once done, top the fried/roasted cashews or peanuts on the rice and serve pilaf rice hot.
  • you can also garnish the pilaf rice with spring onion greens and serve.
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preparation for pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

1. rinse 1 cup basmati rice couple of times in water.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

2. then soak the basmati rice in water for 25 to 30 minutes.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

3. blanch ½ to ¾ cup broccoli florets (or cauliflower florets) in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

4. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making asian style veg pilaf.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

5. fry 8 to 10 cashews in ½ tablespoon oil till golden. alternatively you can roast them.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

making rice pilaf recipe

6. heat 1.5 tablespoon oil in a deep pot or pan.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

7. add 1 inch cinnamon and 2 star anise.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

8. fry till they become fragrant and release their aroma in the oil.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

9. now add 2 finely chopped spring onions whites.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

10. fry till they are light golden.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

11. add 1 teaspoon ginger julienne.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

12. fry for 30 seconds.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

13. add ⅓ cup carrots (finely chopped) and blanched broccoli florets.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

14. saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

15. add ¼ to ½  black pepper powder and salt as required.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

16. add 1 teaspoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon chopped celery.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

17. stir for a minute.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

18. now add the soaked and drained basmati rice.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

19. stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

20. add 2 cups water or veg stock or as required.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

21. stir and mix well.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

22. check the seasoning and add salt or black pepper or soy sauce if required. cover with a tight lid. cook the rice till they are cooked with separate grains.

making pilaf rice or rice pilaf recipe

23. check the rice in between whilst cooking. if the water dries up then add a few tablespoons of water.

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24. cook the rice till they are cooked with separate grains.

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25. don’t stir as it will break the rice grains. once done, top the rice pilaf with fried/roasted cashews or peanuts.

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26. you can also garnish the rice pilaf with spring onion greens. serve veg pilaf hot along some indo chinese gravy like baby corn manchurian or chili paneer.

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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10 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,
    I have a general query.. are we supposed to wash dry fruits like cashews, almonds, raisins before using them in cooking??

    • hi ruchi, i always rinse them with water and let them dry naturally by spreading them in a small plate. it is better as we don’t know how the nuts have been handled and packed. thanks for asking this question. it will help other readers too.

      • Thank you, now I will also do the same. In fact I was thinking of rinsing my entire lot of cashews, almonds & raisins. And then let them dry in air & store.

        Um, how long should I leave them to dry? Any residual moisture may cause mold or some other problem I guess?

        • welcome ruchi. avoid rinsing the entire lot as then the moisture can spoil the dry fruits and cause mold. but an alternative would be to keep the dry fruits in the freezer after you dry them thoroughly. i usually rinse before adding them in any dish. so you can also rinse before you add dry fruits in any dish.

  2. YUmmy! This looks so flavorful. Love the addition of star anise. I often add to my plain rice too. The whole house smells wonderful!