Pilaf is simply cooked rice with vermicelli, a well know dish that is served with most of other main dishes.
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Step by Step method
- Wash rice several times with warm water and drain.
- Soak in warm water and leave for 15-20 minutes and drain. If you do not have time for this, just wash the rice and then drain.
- Place butter and oil in a saucepan or pot and add the vermicelli or orzo.
- Over low-heat, fry until their color starts changing to golden brown. Do not over fry, take the pot from the stove as soon as you see the golden brown color.
- Add rice. Place the pot on the stove and stir for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the hot chicken stock / water (If you leave the rice in water before cooking, use 1 ½ cup hot water otherwise use 2 cups).
- Add salt, cover and cook over low heat, until the rice absorbs all the water.
- Meanwhile you can stir once or twice. Let the pilaf stand for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Tips & variations
Pilaf goes well with any kind of dish and yogurt.
Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with the water, to make the pilaf shine.