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Spiced Pilaf

Subtly spiced, this versatile rice dish can be served hot or cold.

Good with grilled meats, curries, and stews.

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  1. 1

    Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and fry for 1 minute, shaking the pan, until they begin to pop.

  2. 2

    Add the butter and onion, and fry, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is golden. Add the cardamom pods, ground coriander, and rice, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  3. 3

    Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, cover, and simmer for 10–12 minutes, or until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.

  4. 4

    Transfer to a warmed serving bowl, and serve hot, with the coriander sprinkled on top.


  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 225g basmati rice
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped

Serves 4

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Recipe published with permission from © Dorling Kindersley Limited. The Cooking Book 2008


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