Basic Rice Pilaf

From Chicken and Rice—Indian-Style

Why This Recipe Works

We wanted to discover the best way of handling and cooking the rice for the best rice pilaf recipe. We found that while an overnight soak wasn’t necessary, rinsing fragrant basmati rice before cooking gave us beautiful separated grains. Ins...

Why This Recipe Works

We wanted to discover the best way of handling and cooking the rice for the best rice pilaf recipe. We found that while an overnight soak wasn’t necessary, rinsing fragrant basmati rice before cooking gave us beautiful separated grains. Instead of the traditional ratio of 1:2 for rice and water, we preferred just 1 2/3 cups water for each cup of rice. Sautéing the rice in 3 tablespoons of butter for just one minute gave our pilaf recipe great flavor.

Basic Rice Pilaf