Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts (Cerkez Pilav)

Here is a really great pilaf recipe. In Turkey this dish is called Cerkez Pilav. This dish could be eaten by itself or could be served with a host of dishes such as curries, kababs, cutlets-the possibilities are endless. I used Basmati rice to make this Pilaf and cooked most of it in the rice cooker just to make it easier. You can do it all in a pot on the stovetop too.

Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts

Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts

 

Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 cup Basmati rice

1 medium onion finely chopped

2 scallions chopped

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (you can put more or less according to taste)

Salt & pepper to taste

2 1/2 cups of water or vegetable/chicken stock heated to boiling point

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Method:

  • In large pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and cook for about 10 minutes till the onions are golden brown.
Onions being sautéed

Onions being sautéed

  • Add the washed Basmati rice and mix it well with the onion.

  • Add salt and pepper.
  •  At this point you could tranfer the rice mixture to a rice cooker or continue to cook on the stovetop.
  • Add boiling stock to rice and mix it well. 
  • Cover and
cook until rice fluffy – about 20 minutes.
  • Remove
from heat and let the rice stand for about 5 minutes.

 

Cooked rice with onions

Cooked rice with onions

  • In a separate pan add 2 teaspoons of oil and saute the chopped scallions for about a minute till they turn translucent.

 

Sauteed scallions

Sauteed scallions

  • Transfer the rice to a serving dish and fluff it with a fork.
  • Mix in the scallions and cilantro with the rice.
  • Sprinkle toasted pine nuts on top and serve warm.
  • Serve warm.

 

Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts

Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts

2 thoughts on “Pilaf with Cilantro And Pine Nuts (Cerkez Pilav)

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