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A black bowl filled with golden pilau rice. Some black nigella seeds and a bit of fresh coriander are scattered on the rice.

How To Make Easy 15-Minute Pilau Rice

This easy pilau rice recipe takes just 15 minutes to make and only needs 6 ingredients. It will help take any curry to the next level!
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Course: Starters and sides
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Pilau Rice, Rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Dan Saunders


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 300 g easy cook basmati rice
  • 550 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil


  • Rinse the rice in a sieve.
    300 g easy cook basmati rice
  • Heat the oil up in a small saucepan over a medium-high heat.
    1 tbsp oil
  • Add the cumin seeds, cloves and turmeric powder. Fry off the spices for a minute or so, until fragrant.
    1 tsp cumin seeds, 4 cloves, 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Stir the rice in with the spices, then add the vegetable stock and bay leaves.
    300 g easy cook basmati rice, 550 ml vegetable stock, 2 bay leaves
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. The rice should be cooked and not too wet.
  • Remove the bayleaves and cloves, fluff with a fork and serve!


  • This rice freezes well for 3 months. Defrost overnight or in the microwave and reheat thoroughly.
  • Make sure to rinse the rice first, this prevents the rice from going clumpy once cooked.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg