Aromatic Indian Pilaf Delight

Savor the Flavors of Traditional Spiced Rice

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Aromatic Indian Pilaf Delight

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour 10 minutesServings:16 servingsCalories:267 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Experience the essence of Indian cuisine with this aromatic Indian Pilaf Delight, a dish that brings the exotic flavors of India to your dining table. This recipe infuses basmati rice with a medley of spices and vegetables to create a colorful and fragrant side dish that can also stand alone as a satisfying meal.



  1. Infuse the boiling water with a pinch of saffron threads, setting it aside to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. In a sizeable pot set over a medium-high flame, heat the vegetable shortening until melted. Toss in the chopped onions, sautéing them to a golden hue for approximately 5 minutes. Enhance the mixture with aromatic spices including cinnamon sticks, cloves, ground ginger, cumin, garlic powder, and cardamom seeds, stirring the concoction for another 3 to 4 minutes to awaken the spices’ full bouquet.
  3. Introduce the rice to the pot, continuously stirring, and let it toast lightly for about 10 minutes. Fold in the creamy yogurt, the previously prepared saffron-infused water, and a dash of salt to taste. Allow the mixture to reach a gentle simmer, then dial down the heat to its lowest setting. Cover the pot with a quadruple-folded kitchen cloth, then secure it with a lid on top, and let the rice steam to perfection for around 20 minutes. Prior to serving, remember to fish out and discard the whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cardamom seeds.


  • For an authentic touch, garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with yogurt or raita. To make this dish a complete meal, consider adding cooked chickpeas or paneer.
Keywords:Indian Pilaf, Rice Recipe, Spiced Rice, Indian Cuisine, Vegetarian Dish
Nutrition Facts

Servings 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 1mg1%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 133mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g10%

Vitamin C 1 mg
Calcium 56 mg
Iron 3 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Can I use another type of rice for this recipe?

Basmati rice is recommended for its fragrance and texture, but you can use other long-grain rice varieties; adjust cooking times as needed.

How can I make this dish spicier?

Add chopped green chilies or a teaspoon of garam masala to the skillet when sautéing the vegetables for an extra kick.

Is this dish suitable for vegans?

Yes, this Indian Pilaf Delight is vegan-friendly as it uses vegetable oil and no animal products.

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    05/19/2024 07:35 am GMT

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