November 6, 2008

Rice Pilaf


This is Alton Brown's method for cooking rice pilaf and it's brilliant! The rice was perfectly cooked, each grain separated and fluffy.

He says you shouldn't use the 1:2 rice to water ratio as there will be too much water. So you will need to remember the following measures:
  • To serve 2 people = 1 cup rice = 1 1/2 cups water
  • To serve 4 people = 2 cups rice = 2 3/4 cups water
  • To serve 6 people = 3 cups rice = 3 1/2 cups water
I cooked 1 cup of rice and I can vouch that his ratio works. Next time I will cook 2 cups of rice as the result was so delicious that Steve wanted more!
'Pilaf' is the cooking method, so you can add whatever extra ingredients to this basic recipe. He recommends using long grain rice.

  • Serves: 2 
  • You will need: 1 medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid, 1 damp tea-towel*
  • Oven temperature: Gas Mark 4/350°F/180°C
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup rice (I used long grain jasmine rice)
  • 1 1/2 cups stock (I used chicken from a cube)
  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/350°F/180°C.
  2. Heat the oil and sweat the onion and garlic until softened over a low heat, don't allow to brown.
  3. Add the rice and gently fry until it smells 'nutty', about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the stock, stir once and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover the saucepan with the damp tea-towel (it must be damp otherwise you might set it on fire!) and clamp on the lid. Fold up the corners of the tea-towel over the lid so that it's not hanging loose.
  6. Put the saucepan in the preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave for 10-15 minutes with the lid still on, as during this time the rice is still cooking and absorbing the liquid.
* The tea-towel will capture any condensation that forms on the lid and prevent it from dropping back into the rice. I was a bit worried about putting the tea-towel in the oven, but absolutely no harm came to it during the making of this recipe.


Rose said...

Sounds scary to put the damp tea towel in the oven. You did it, so it must be OK.

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