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Bhutanese Red Rice Pilaf



  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 45 mins (15m prep + 30m cook)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving

Bhutan recipe

local_grocery_store Ingredients

restaurant_menu Method

  1. 1.In a large saucepan, heat some oil over medium heat.
  2. 2.Add the chopped onion and cook until softened.
  3. 3.Add the cumin seeds and turmeric powder, and cook for another minute.
  4. 4.Add the rinsed red rice and stir to coat it with the spices.
  5. 5.Pour in the hot vegetable broth and season with salt.
  6. 6.Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  7. 7.Cover the saucepan and let the rice simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  8. 8.In a separate pan, sauté the diced carrot and frozen peas until they are cooked through.
  9. 9.Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and gently stir in the cooked vegetables.
  10. 10.Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with lemon wedges.
  11. 11.Enjoy the flavors of Bhutan in every bite!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightFeel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or mushrooms to the pilaf for extra flavor and nutrition.
  • chevron_rightYou can also add some toasted cashews or almonds for a crunchy texture.
  • chevron_rightServe the pilaf as a main dish or as a side to your favorite Bhutanese curry or grilled meat.
  • chevron_rightLeftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.