…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Final Friday Feedstuffs!

(Is it just me, or was that a quick month? )

Pilau (pulao/pilaf) is the Indian equivalent of risotto; it is not as wet.  I have been asked before how does it differ from biryani, another Indian favourite.  Biryani is from the Mughal tradition and is more oily, closer to the fried rice style.  It is also more likely to be meat-based.

If you cannot obtain (or do not like) paneer, the Indian cottage cheese, then substitute haloumi or hard tofu instead! If you do not wish to use ghee, then a good sesame or olive oil will substitute.

Paneer Pilau    pnIr! puLav
  • half cup Basmati rice per person, rinsed till water runs clear
 (remaining ingreds. are now per that half cup so multiply accordingly)
  • 2 cloves, pinch of fennel seeds,
  • qrtr.teasp. each of black pepper, paprika, cumin pwdr, coriander pwdr, mustard seeds, cardamom pwdr
  • 4-5 green beans, 2-3 cashews or almonds,
  • half carrot, similar qty of pumpkin (both diced)
  • 6-8 1cm cubes of paneer (that’s per person remember!)
  • 1 dried apricot, diced, half tomato diced, plus salt and ghee to taste
  • Wash and cook rice along with cloves , fennel seeds, carrots, pumpkin, nuts, beans.
  • Remove from the pan (or rice cooker pot), wipe it then return to heat with a spoonful of ghee (or two!).
  • Sauté the tomato, paneer, apricot and remaining masala, adding a little water to ensure no burning.
  • After 2-3 minutes, return rice to pot and stir thoroughly, salting as per preference.

Aur Khanna!


  1. Dammit Yam (and Hari Om, excuse me), now I'm all hungry! It looks amazing! Indigo x

  2. Hari Om
    It's pretty darned tasty if I say so myself! Will just have to cook when I finally get round to that visit - It WILL happen...

  3. We had Pilau for tea tonight after seeing this, a bit of a variation on yours but good all the same. More recipes please.
    Lady Vicki xxooxx

  4. Hari OM
    Oh that was quick - well done to mum for trying it out! More at the end of July. xx


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