Brown Rice Pilau

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Serves 4-5

Although brown rice is a lot more nutritious than the more common white rice, many people hesitate to use it in their cooking because most find this rice a bit more temperamental during cooking, not as straight forward as the regular white rice.  But if cooked correctly, brown rice can be as tasty if not better than white rice, and with all those added benefits too!

Here's how to make a wonderful brown rice pilau that can be served simply as I have, or enjoyed with kababs or curries.

2 cups
brown rice
2 tbsp.
oil or butter
1 tsp.
cumin seeds
whole peppers
cinnamon stick
cardamom pods
medium onion, diced
1/4 tsp.
garlic paste
1/4 tsp.
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp.
cumin powder
1 tsp.
salt (or to taste)
4 cups
broth or water
2 tbsp.
chopped fresh coriander

Washing the rice is always a good idea as it removes all impurities.  Rinse and change the water until the water runs clear.  Normally it takes about 3-5 changes of water to clean the rice thoroughly. Then soak it for 30 minutes.

Heat oil or butter in a pan, then add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and whole pepper.  When they start to splutter, add the chopped onions and fry on medium heat until onions are golden brown and fragrant.  Add the garlic paste, cumin powder and turmeric.  Give them a stir and then add the water or broth and the salt.  Immediately add the drained brown rice into the water and then allow to come to a simmer.

Lower the heat to medium and keep the pan covered, opening it occasionally to give the rice a quick stir.  As soon as the water begines to evaporate, lower the heat further and let the rice cook for about 20 more minutes until almost all the water is gone.  Then cover the pan with a tight lid and let it steam on very low heat for another 10-15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let the pan rest for another 5-10 minutes.  Then open and fluff up the rice and serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander and with acommpaniments of your choice.  I normally serve this dish with some spinach using this Aloo Palak recipe minus the potatoes, some fresh yogurt, Lemon Pickle and sweet grapes



Great recipe :)! Thank you for sharing

This brown pilau is more tasty and is one of my favorite compared to the white rice. It is more tasty if different vegetable like cabbage, carrot is added to it and is quite healthy also.

Sorry for my ignorance, but by 'whole peppers' do you mean (saabit) kaali mirch/black pepper?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes the round black peppers.


Which brand of Brown rice have you used ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Different countries have different brands, am not sure if what I used is available in your country. Where are you from?


Hey, when you say cardamom pods, do you mean green cardamom or black cardamom?

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Green ones.