Cardamom & Coconut Pilau Recipe

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Cardamom & Coconut Pilau
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  1. Rinse the rice, until the water runs clear. Place the rice in a bowl and cover with cold water. Set the rice aside for one hour to soak. Drain the rice.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a saucepan using a high heat. Add the onion. Stir and cook the onion for about ten minutes, until crisp. Remove the onion and drain on paper kitchen towel.
  3. Heat the remaining oil over a low heat. Add the cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cumin seeds. Cook for about 30 seconds to release the aromatics.
  4. Add the rice, pistachios and raisins to the spices. Cook for about a minute. Everything should be coated and glossy from the oil.
  5. Add the water and salt. Bring to the boil using a high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan with 2 thicknesses of aluminum foil and cover tightly with a lid.Continue to cook for about another 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Separate the rice grains using a fork.
  7. Meanwhile - place the coconut in a frying pan over a medium heat. Stir and toast the coconut for 1 to 2 minutes. Be careful not to burn the coconut.
  8. Place the rice in a serving bowl. Top with the fried onions and toasted coconut. Serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 373.23 Kcal (1563 kJ)
Calories from fat 174.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.39g 30%
Sodium 408.37mg 17%
Potassium 269.17mg 6%
Total Carbs 48.14g 16%
Sugars 4.03g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3.29g 13%
Protein 5.29g 11%
Vitamin C 2.9mg 5%
Iron 34.3mg 191%
Calcium 39.1mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 122.73 Kcal (514 kJ)
Calories from fat 57.39 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.38g 30%
Sodium 134.28mg 17%
Potassium 88.51mg 6%
Total Carbs 15.83g 16%
Sugars 1.32g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1.08g 13%
Protein 1.74g 11%
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Iron 11.3mg 191%
Calcium 12.9mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.4
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

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