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

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Préparez 1 onion.

Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).

Prepare chicken stock by mixing 1 chicken stock cube and 300 ml water (hot).

Stage 2 - 2 min.
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Put 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.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Tip in 200 ml rice all at once, and "pearl", which means: cook 2 or 3 minutes, stirring continuously...

Stage 4
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...until rice become translucent, "pearled".

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Then add chicken stock in one go...

Stage 6
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...and mix thoroughly.

Stage 7 - 20 min.
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Cover (lid or aluminium foil) and put in the oven for 20 minutes.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
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After this time, remove from the oven, uncover and add 20 g butter in small pieces, while stirring to melt them.

Stage 9
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Your 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.

Keeping:

Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
934 Kcal or 3,910 Kj6 gr54 gr77 gr
47 %2 %5 %12 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
128 Kcal or 536 Kj1 gr7 gr11 gr
6 %<1 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
156 Kcal or 653 Kj1 gr9 gr13 gr
8 %<1 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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