Turkish cuisine has many varieties of pilaf. Rice, bulgur or wheat is the predominant ingredient in a plain pilaf and additional ingredients increase the variety.
In many parts of Anatolia it was not customary for young men to express openly to their parents their wish to get married. If one day, during the course of a meal, a young man stuck his spoon in the middle of the communal dish of pilaf and left the table, his family would understand from the gesture that he wished to get married, to leave the family and set up his own home. In popular speech the term “to throw rice” means to throw a wedding banquet.