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Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Hello y’all!

I am around, it’s just been a quiet few weeks with all work and no play. I thought I would share my favourite Turkish Rice recipe with you. It is the staple Turkish food – a side serving of rice. If you have ever visited Turkey you will find rice served with most main meals.  You will never go back to ‘ordinary’ rice after trying it Turkish style!

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)


3/4 cup of long grain rice (I use Basmati)

1 cup hot water

2 tbsp Butter

Salt and Pepper


Serves 2

Wash the rice with warm water, rinse several times and drain.

Cover the rice with hot water and leave for 15 mins.

Drain the rice. In a pan melt the butter over a medium-high heat and add the drained rice. Saute the rice for 2-3 mins constantly stirring. Pour in the cup of hot water, add the salt and pepper, cover and turn the heat down to low. Cook until the rice absorbs all the water.


Take the pot off the heat, take the lid off and place a clean tea towel across the top of the pot and put the lid back on. Leave for 5 to 10 mins.

Fluff up the rice using a fork and serve.

Great as a side but I like it with chopped spring onions!

Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pilav)