We Indians are considered to be experts in making rice pilaf. So, do you really know what Rice Pilaf actually is? Pilaf is a dish of cooked rice in a seasoned broth or stock. This lets the rice absorb all the richflavours from the stock and develop an aromatic, flavourful taste.
In some cases, the rice may attain its brown or golden colour by first, being sautéed lightly in oil before the addition of the broth. Cooked onion, different colourful vegetables, as well as a mix of spices, may be added. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and dried fruit.
Rice pilaf is easy to make but making it nice and fluffy may be the challenge. Be sure to follow a few of our basic steps to ensure that your rice pilaf is nice and fluffy.
1. Simmer The Rice Over Medium Heat.
It is extremely important to cook the rice over a medium to low heat in a generous amount of butter or any other fat of one’s choice, maybe ghee or olive oil. This helps the rice develop a distinct texture and flavour.
2. Use Lesser Liquid Than Normal.
The standard ratio of liquid to rice would be 2:1 but we suggest using 1 and a ½ cups of liquid for every cup of rice, this helps ensure a separate texture for the rice. Add the rice and let it simmer for around 20 minutes in the stock broth.
3. Let The Rice Sit For 7 Minutes Away From The Heat
Once the rice is done being cooked, take it off the heat and let it sit covered, this lets the starch firm up and it will ensure that the rice is not sticky. Go for the Healthy Alternatives Organic Brown Basmati Rice to make a healthier version of your go-to rice pilaf.
So, be sure, to use these tips the next time you’re making rice pilaf for an extra fluffy and flavourful treat.
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