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Vegetable pilau rice
Vegetable pilau rice is a type of pilau rice that is made with vegetables. Just like other kinds of pilau rice, this rice dish is also cooked in spices infused water/ stock. That is what makes pilau rice different from boiled rice. It uses spices-infused water to cook it.
This type of cooked rice is originally from the oriental, the East. You can find similar dishes across Asia. It may be called pilau, pulao, pilaw, or pilaf. But essentially, both foods are alike if not the same.
And just like any other food, the recipe develops further as people take on different things to improve according to their palates and taste buds.
As for the recipe I’m sharing with you here, it is based on the vegetable pilau rice I learned from my Pakistani sister in law. Bear in mind, her cooking is also influenced by the style of Asians who lived in Africa. Because she used to live there for decades. So the recipe may be slightly different from the Pakistanis who live in Pakistan.
However, I have many Pakistani friends who can happily say that my vegetable pilau rice is tasty yet easy to make.
How to enjoy your vegetable pilau rice
Traditionally, you have your pilau rice with curries and yoghurt as the side dishes. Often we enjoy the vegetable pilau rice with Aloo Gosht (meat and potato curry), Aloo Palak (spinach and potato curry), Chicken Tikka, yoghurt chutney, and some green salad.
This menu is quite common and favourite at many events, weddings, or gatherings among my extended family and friends.
In my household, we often have this rice dish to make sure the children have extra vegetables in their diets. I would cook this rice and make a few curries as the sides. Our typical menu will be:
- Vegetable pilau rice
- Aloo Gosht, and/ or
- Mung bean dal curry
- Chicken tikka, or
- Chicken kebab patties
- Green salad
- Yoghurt chutney
Technically, you can use any type of onions, both yellow/ brown onion or red onion. So it matters not. Your dish will be tasty either way.
The most common pilau rice uses green peas and carrots. Sometimes I put cauliflower florets too. But I personally think you can put any vegetables you like.
In the past, I even put courgettes/ zucchini. So I’ll leave the choices to your liking as this recipe is forgiving.
How to make pilau rice with vegetable
Firstly, you make the spices infused oil by frying the onions and all the spices.
Secondly, you lightly fry the rice and the vegetables until they absorb the flavour.
Thirdly, you boil the rice and the vegetable until all the water evaporates.
Lastly, steam the rice.
I hope you’re now inspired to cook this vegetable pilau rice. When you do try, it will be awesome if you could share what you think about the recipe in the comments below.
Before you go, you may want to check out my other recipes that you may like.
- Lauki Gosht – Pakistani meat curry with bottle gourd.
- Chicken and peppers curry.
- Pakistani lamb keema matar – minced meat curry with green peas.
- Pakistani aloo keema – minced meat and potato curry.
- Keema Paratha – flatbread stuffed with spicy minced meat.
Thank you and all the best.