Pilau Rice


– 200gm (1 cup) basmati rice
– Kettle filled with cold water


Bring the water in the kettle to boil.

Place the rice in a pan and cover with cold water. Wash it well to get rid of starch, running your fingers through the rice, draining and repeating until the water is clear. Drain for a final time.

Put the pan on a hob on high heat, measure 500ml of freshly boiled water in a jug and pour it into the rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer and cover. The high simmer means you should see the rice gently bubbling through a clear lid.

Cook the rice for 12 minutes, 15 if using long grain varieties. Absolutely no peeking and lid lifting, although hovering is permissible. When the time is up, move to a cold hob and leave covered for a final five minutes so the steam heat can work its magic on any remaining moisture. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Just double up the measures to feed more. This rice freezes and defrosts well too.