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Basmati Rice Pilaf Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Basmati Rice Pilaf

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"Wonderful flavor and textured rice dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat chicken stock in a saucepan until boiling; keep hot until ready to use.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and bay leaf in the hot oil until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir basmati rice into onion mixture until rice is coated with oil.
  4. Pour hot chicken stock into the rice mixture. Season with salt; stir.
  5. Bring rice mixture to a boil; cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue simmering until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and discard bay leaf. Add butter and fluff the rice with a fork.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 25, 2012

Pretty basic recipe. I would normally have added a can of mushrooms but wanted to follow the recipe more closely the first time. I did however use beef broth instead of chicken because that goes with the rest of dinner better. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 02, 2013

There's nothing wrong with this but it's really nothing more than rice cooked in broth with a little onion added. Fairly basic, average and nondescript. I used butter for flavor rather than vegetable oil and added peas, red bell pepper and a pinch of saffron to jazz it up a bit.


17 Ratings

Oct 30, 2012

Best recipient ever. Not too fancy but a wonderful change to a plain side dish. Great flavour especially if you caramelize the onions

Aug 10, 2012

This was my first time making basmati rice and it turned out great. I usually use chicken stock in my regular rice and the bay leaf added great flavor. Thanks for sharing, will be using this again.

Mar 08, 2013

I used butter instead of vegetable oil and beef broth instead of chicken (I made meat loaf with beef, I wanted to match all the flavors of dinner together). I also threw in one minced clove of garlic in with the onion. The rice turned out great, the family ate every bit of it.

Dec 09, 2012

This was a very good rice pilaf recipe. These are the changes I made: I added about 1 teaspoon of tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder.

Aug 01, 2014

This pilaf makes a wonderful side dish. Its flavor will not overshadow the main dish, but can easily be adjusted if you would like a pilaf with more jazz. This is a good, basic pilaf. I used my homemade chicken broth which is more flavorful than the store bought kind, and used butter instead of vegetable oil for sautéing the onion. I chose this recipe to use up some nearly empty packages of rice, so this was a combination of basmati rice and long grain white rice, and it worked out very well. Thanks Carol for sharing!

Apr 24, 2014

Great basic recipe!! I added some garlic and red peppers to the onion mixture and pepper with the salt. It was a hit with the family! Delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 244 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 376 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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