Basmati pilaff

Ready in about an hour


Serves 8
Gordon Ramsay brings you an oven-baked rice pilaff, perfect for making ahead and to serve with his Stir fry of duck

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal313
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.65g
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  • 500g basmati rice
  • 100g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme


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  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 8 cardamom pod, split open
  • 3 clove



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  • 4-6 thinly pared strips lemon zest
  • 1l boiling chicken stock or water


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. You will need a medium casserole with a lid. Rinse the rice well in a large bowl of water, then drain.

  2. Melt two-thirds of the butter in the casserole and sauté the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the rice, stir well, then add the herbs, whole spices and lemon zest and cook for a minute. Now pour in the boiling stock or water and mix into the rice, along with 1½ tsp sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.

  3. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and fork through the remaining butter until the rice is fluffy and separated.

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Comments (9)

Alessya19's picture

I made it as a side dish for an indian chicken. It was ok, but nothing special. It tested good, but I've eat better stuff. My fiance liked it more that I did.

dollishill's picture

Turned out perfectly, the rice was so fluffy and a fantastic taste

sandrahayes's picture

Fab fab fab - so easy, very light and really yummy - definitelywill be appearing regularly in our home

mrswife's picture

really tasty and very easy to make

lolopops's picture

This is the perfect rice recipe. Turns out right every time, either on stove or oven. Don't let rice steep as this can make it soggy, just wash as per the recipe.

anndiner's picture

Love it. I' ve also added cranberry, was really good

daisys's picture

Delicous:) I make this to go with all curries. It is really quick & easy.
I cook it on the hob in a saute pan. Enjoyed by all my guests.

hisham's picture

Ramsay as always great.

maninas's picture

I've mad this. we enjoyed it!

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