I remember before I got married, I asked my then-fiance now-husband what his favourite food was. He responded, quite sheepishly, ‘I like Pilau and Biryani’.
A little voice inside of me sniggered ‘Oh great. Those are like the most complicated Pakistani recipes ever. You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, Fatima.’
I had to pep-talk myself into not breaking it off.
Well, it turns out Pilau / Pulao (how do you spell it?!) isn’t really that difficult. It’s actually quite simple. I can probably name 5 other Pakistani dishes I find more difficult than Pilau / Pulao. Which is a relief, because A. my husband really likes my Pilau / Pulao, B. I do not like Biryani half as much as Pilau / Pulao and C. I don’t plan on cooking Biryani in the near future. I probably would have regretted cancelling the marriage because of all this.
I’ve experimented with different spices in this recipe and I’ve finally found the one. This is now officially my go-to Pilau / Pulao recipe that I will now make with my eyes closed. My husband really enjoyed this one. The game changer in this is the ghee. Legitimately, using ghee will transform your Pilau / Pulao. Every grain of rice was moist and buttery… just what I like in my rice. If you don’t have ghee, you can use oil but I can’t vouch for the same delicious results the ghee-version will produce. The ghee gives it a rich, melt-in-your-mouth taste and the most enticing aroma. Butter is also another option, but I personally have never used it so I can’t guarantee how it will turn out. Oil is completely fine too – I use it often when I don’t have ghee to hand. In fact, when I was pregnant with my little girl, I developed an aversion to ghee so oil was my go-to during this time for Pilau / Pulao.
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