Pilau Rice with Peas

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Appears in

Brick Lane Cookbook

Brick Lane Cookbook

By Dina Begum

Published 2018

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This pilau rice is the perfect partner to a curry and only needs about half an hour of cooking time. It’s a lovely dish, mildly spiced and fragrant from whole spices, dotted with bright green peas and just as good cold as it is hot. I’ve used the absorption cooking method which simply uses twice the volume of water to rice.


  • 350 g basmati rice
  • 3 cm piece ginger, roughly chopped
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Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, then soak for 20 minutes in cold water. Drain the rice and set aside. Crush the ginger with a mortar and pestle. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Stir for 30 seconds to toast the spices, then add the ginger and onion. Add the salt and the turmeric, then sauté for five minutes or