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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Turkish Rice Pilaf


Turkish Rice Pilaf
3/4 cup long-grain rice
1 cup hot water or chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
Pinch pepper

Wash the rice several times with warm water and drain. Then cover the rice with hot water and leave for about 15 minutes, then drain. Melt the butter in a cooking pot. Saute the rice with butter for 2-3 minutes while stirring. Pour 1 cup of hot water or chicken stock in it. Add salt and pepper. Turn the heat to low and cook until the rice absorbs all the water.

Take the cooking pot away from the heat. Open the lid, place a clean kitchen towel across the top of the pot on the rim and put the lid on it. Let the Pilaf stand for about 5 minutes. We call this brewing time. Then serve.

* Don't stir Pilaf while it's cooking.
* Don't use a spoon to fluff Pilaf. Use a wooden or regular fork for it.

Makes 2 servings.

You can serve Turkish Rice Pilaf with any kind of meal. My favourite is having this delicious pilaf with plain yogurt and some chopped fresh green onions (only white parts) all over.


At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

whilst searching the internet for new recipe ideas, I came across a site that has the exact same recipes as yours, even the pictures are the same.

Are you aware that someone is stealing your ideas? or is that you have given them permission?

I thought that it would be the right thing to do to let you know.

this is the link.

check it out for your self.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sidika,
Thank you very much for letting me know:) A while ago another
friend sent me their address too. No I did not give them permission to
post my recipes!
I have taken the necessary action....
Thank you again for your careful observation:)

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is great . i am curious for recipie to make mantar pilav. maybe you can share with us?

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, in the future I will post Mantarli Pilav for you:)

At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,
Will you please give me some hints on a great Turkish soup. My husband loves tomatoes, lamb, beef, seafood and veges. He also loves to dip his bread in i.e. Lindsay Taran

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lindsay,
We have a large variety of soup. I mostly posted soup recipes for fall
and winter. But I already posted tomato, lamb, fish and vegetable
soups, I am going to post more.... Check out the soups section :)
Dipping Turkish bread into soup and into the other dish's juice are so
Turkish, we love it:)

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Stella Bella said...

I was looking for a recipe of Turkish Rice Pilaf. ;) Thanks for this recipe!

I am going to make it! Cheers

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous luna said...

The recipie was great! I worked wonderfully! Thanks a lot. I was able to use it for a presentation about Turkey. Thanks again! It tasted great!

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meraba Binnur!
I just wanted to let you know that your website is fantastic and very helpful - especially for foreigners living in Turkey!

I have been living here for almost a year now and was constantly trying to make pilav without much success. Even when people showed me how they did it, it was never really great. Once I tried your recipe for Turkish pilav, the first time I had success! It was so quick and easy and perfect tasting, everyone loved it.

Thank you!


At 3:03 AM, Anonymous lueckerts said...

Merhaba Binnur,
I adore Turkish cuisine, I feel it is so under rated! Your recipes are great! I am looking for one for eggplant tava. Thanks!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Brinne,
Thank you:) I am going to post it soon:)

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous BASHT said...

Hello, My partner is turkish and he refuses to let me cook any turkish meals in the case that I ruin them. He is obsessed with his mothers rice and even goes to their house to eat instead at home with me and the kids. I don't know anything about this but I can cook, How do I make the turkish rice with those brown beads in it? He said that she uses turkey water or chicken water or something????? Please help.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

The beads are called Shehriye :) I've already posted Pilaf with Orzo (Sehriyeli Pilaf) recipe which is under the Pilaf section. Here is the address:
You can find orzo at the Turkish or Italian groceries. Don't worry you can cook Pilaf like his mother. Just give it a try:) Don't forget to use chicken stock (or broth) instead of water!
Take care,

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Hakan said...

My wife is crazy for Turkish pilaf.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger erhmry said...

hello thanks for sharing your yum!yum!yum! turkish recipes.
I'm currently preparing your turkish rice.thanks wink

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou great site .
I think it is great you add the
conversion factors as well no excuse now will have to try these out.

Regards Phill


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