Easy Pilau Rice 

This is the easiest pilau rice you'll ever make - but you will need a microwave oven. It's a clever way to use your time effectively: the rice can cook on its own while you prepare the rest of the meal. Ideally, you'd put the rice in 15-20 minutes before you're ready to eat and serve it hot. 

Serves 4-6

  • 250g basmati rice
  • 375ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50g ghee or vegetable oil 
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 5cm piece of cinnamon stick 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons dried sliced onions, deep fried 
  • 10g mint leaves, shredded 
  • 10g fresh coriander leaves and stalks, chopped

Thoroughly wash the rice in cold running water. Place the rice in a bowl of cold water and leave to soak for 25 minutes. Drain well. Place the rice, water and salt in a shallow microwave dish and set aside.