Uyghur Polo (Pilaf) Recipe

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  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 lb lamb or 1 lb beef
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Set the stove temperature at 7/10 at highest.
  2. Cook the meat in the oil, stirring occasionally until evenly browned.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the pot, still stirring, and cook until it is translucent.
  4. Stir carrots into the pot. Note that it will initially look like there are too many carrots in the dish; however, once they begin to absorb some of the oil they will shrink down and mix well into the the recipe.
  5. Add salt according to your taste.
  6. Pour water into the pot.
  7. When the water boils, add the hot pepper and whole garlic bulb. Let them simmer in the mixture for five minutes, and then fish them back out and set them aside.
  8. Add cumin.
  9. Lower the stove temperature (to about 3/10) and allow the mixture to boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. After the 15 to 20 minutes, raise the heat (once again, no higher than 7/10) and add rice to the pot. Spread the rice out on top of the water, but do not mix it with the rest of the ingredients.
  11. When water is no longer visible above the rice, then spoon the rice towards the center.
  12. Replace the garlic bulb and red pepper into the pot, and pour raisins on top of the rice.
  13. Place a lid on top of the pot and lower the heat to 3/10.
  14. Cook for 30 minutes. After that time, once again remove the hot pepper and the garlic, and stir the rest of the ingredients. This dish is often served with flatbread, yogurt, and salad with a vinegar dressing.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 696.98 Kcal (2918 kJ)
Calories from fat 327.44 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36.38g 56%
Cholesterol 55.18mg 18%
Sodium 105.2mg 4%
Potassium 662.48mg 14%
Total Carbs 73.32g 24%
Sugars 5.58g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4.81g 19%
Protein 19.08g 38%
Vitamin C 32.5mg 54%
Vitamin A 0.8mg 25%
Iron 4.6mg 26%
Calcium 65.3mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 182.23 Kcal (763 kJ)
Calories from fat 85.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.51g 56%
Cholesterol 14.43mg 18%
Sodium 27.5mg 4%
Potassium 173.21mg 14%
Total Carbs 19.17g 24%
Sugars 1.46g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1.26g 19%
Protein 4.99g 38%
Vitamin C 8.5mg 54%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 25%
Iron 1.2mg 26%
Calcium 17.1mg 7%

* 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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Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.2
  • 19

Good Points

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

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