Indian Rice (Pulao)

Indian Rice (Pulao)

21 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 10 m
Sigrid
Recipe by  Sigrid

“When I grew up as a child in India, I always enjoyed this wonderful festive rice which was served at weddings or other special occasions. Also good with Indian curry.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 16 servings

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Directions

  1. Place saffron threads into boiling water, set aside to steep.
  2. Melt the vegetable shortening in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Season with cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, cumin, garlic powder, and cardamom seeds. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes to release the flavor, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour in the rice and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the yogurt, saffron water, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cover pot with a cloth folded into 4 layers. Place a lid over the cloth and cook until the rice is done, about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and cardamom seeds before serving.

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Reviews (21)

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hsyousef
19

hsyousef

This recipe got RAVE reviews from my middle eastern husband. After dinner he was eating it directly from the pot. It's the real thing for sure. I didn't have shortening so I used butter and a touch of olive oil. I was really unsure about the cloth bit but I just tried it with a doubled tea towl under the lid. I'm glad I did.

Raquelita
16

Raquelita

Umm...yes! This is incredible! Did everything just as the recipe called for, except used ground cardamom in place of the seeds. It was hard to stop eating this. I served it with the Indian Tomato Chicken recipe listed on this site and me and fam (including husband and 3 little kids) were in heaven. I'm not sure what to say about folks who found it bland. I thought it was anything but. Subtle, maybe, but REALLY tasty. Eat it as a side dish to make sure you get enough "flavor" out of your dinner! (By the way, I'd cut the recipe in half next time - this is two dinners' worth of rice for a family of 5.)

vane
9

vane

Finally an awesome Indian rice recipe! It was absolutely awesome! My husband also loved it and I'm keeping this recipe handy! I used the saffron AND the ground turmeric (the turmeric was put in with the other spices). I also added a chicken bullion cube to the spices and it turned out awesome!!!! It was good enough to eat by itself.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (16 total)

  • Calories
  • 267 cal
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs
  • 44.7 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 307 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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