Pilau masala rice

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 163.0
  • Total Fat: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 188.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g

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A Rawandan vegetarian dish A Rawandan vegetarian dish
Number of Servings: 8


    Pilau spice
    1½ tbsp Cumin
    1 tbsp Cardamon
    ½ tsp Black pepper
    ½ tsp Cinnamon
    ½ tsp Cloves

    2 cups raw rice
    4 cups cold water

    1 large onion, diced
    1 large green pepper (or red) diced
    1 large carrot diced
    1 cup diced celery
    3 cloves garlic minced
    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 can beans (your choice)


In a small bowl, mix the pilau spices together. Set aside

In a large dutch oven place the rice and water. Add 1 Tablespoon of pilau spice to water and begin cooking on high. When it begins to boil, turn to a simmer (low), stir and cover.

In a fry pan add the olive oil, and vegetables. cook until tender (about 5 minutes or so). Add to rice, stir and cook until all liquid is absorbed.

Add beans, heat til warmed. serve warm in bowls. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pilau spice is an aquired taste and you can add more or less. I suggest you start as directed. The rice will look "dirty"

You can add peanuts if you desire or soy (edemante) beans. You can add whatever you like!

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user CQUAKER.

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  • Incredible!
    We have really enjoyed this recipe...yum! - 3/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    This was amazing! Even my young kids loved it. I am thrilled to have such a flavourful rice recipe that does add any salt. This is now a new family favorite. - 4/11/08

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  • Very Good
    Enjoyed this immensely. I added fresh chopped tomatoes as a garnish. It was delicious. - 3/30/08

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  • Very Good
    I loved this...I had to modify mine b/c I didn't have cloves so I used 1 bud of all spice. Also, I used frozen mixed vegetables and no beans. - 10/28/07

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  • Incredible!
    Delicious and a wonderful combination of spices. - 9/19/07

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