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Pilau rice

Pilau rice

Pilau rice (also called "restaurant rice" in France) is a way of cooking rice that's very different from using a rice-cooker. In this recipe, the rice is first "pearled" with onion in olive oil, then chicken stock is added, and the whole lot is put in the oven. This produces a very tasty moist rice, which can easily be kept waiting without drying out.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
11 min.22 min.33 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Pilau rice : Photo of step #1Préparez 1 onion.

Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).

Prepare chicken stock by mixing 1 chicken stock cube and 300 ml water (hot).
5 min.
2 Pilau rice : Photo of step #2Put 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large oven-proof pan over moderate heat.

When oil is hot, add chopped onion, mix well, salt and pepper.

Cook for 1 or 2 minutes without allowing to colour.
2 min.
3 Pilau rice : Photo of step #3Tip in 200 ml rice all at once, and "pearl", which means: cook 2 or 3 minutes, stirring continuously... 3 min.
4 Pilau rice : Photo of step #4...until rice become translucent, "pearled".
5 Pilau rice : Photo of step #5Then add chicken stock in one go... 1 min.
6 Pilau rice : Photo of step #6...and mix thoroughly.
7 Pilau rice : Photo of step #7Cover (lid or aluminium foil) and put in the oven for 20 minutes. 20 min.
8 Pilau rice : Photo of step #8After this time, remove from the oven, uncover and add 20 g butter in small pieces, while stirring to melt them. 2 min.
9 Pilau rice : Photo of step #9Your pilau rice is ready, but it can be covered and kept hot for a while.

Remarks

Unfortunately, cooking rice like pasta (in boiling water then draining) is the worst method! Because like that most of the flavour disappears with the water, and that's a pity.

On the other hand in a rice-cooker or using the pilau method, the rice has only the volume of liquid that it will absorb, and so retains its flavour.

To succeed with pilau rice, there are 2 important points

1) You should never use more than one and a half time the volume of liquid than volume of rice.
2) cooking time should not exceed 20 minutes at 200°C (390°F), covered.

Sometimes, you might read in other recipes, that pilau rice can only be cooked in oven. That's not true. Yes, it's better in the oven because it's softer and cooks more evenly, but not obligatory. You can cook it on low heat, covered, without stirring.

You can also vary the taste by adding a bayleaf during cooking or a bouquet garni or other herbs of your choice. You can also change the chicken stock for vegetable or beef stock, or add some dry white wine. So, let your imagination guide you.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
9346 gr54 gr77 gr
47 %2 %5 %12 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1281 gr7 gr11 gr
6 %<1 %1 %2 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1551 gr9 gr12 gr
8 %<1 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 0.97 €
Per person : 0.16 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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