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Pilau Rice

Preparation time 10 minutes,
Cooking time 25 - 30 minutes,
Calories 390 per portion

ingredients

serves 4
225 g (8 oz) Basmati rice
1 onion, chopped
50 g (2 oz) butter or margarine
3 cloves
5 cm (2 in) piece cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
50 g (2 oz) flaked almonds
25 g (1 oz) raisins
600 ml (1 pint) water
salt and pepper

method

1. Wash and drain the Basmati rice and set aside. Cook the onion in the butter or margarine in a saucepan until soft.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan tightly and simmer gently for 20 - 25 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed.

3. Fluff up the rice with a fork and serve immediately.

This is the traditional accompaniment to curry and chicken dishes.

Add a little chopped cooked meat, chicken or fish to the pilau for a light lunch or supper dish.

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