Basmati pilaff

Basmati pilaff

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(12 ratings)

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


  • 500g basmati rice
  • 100g butter



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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 1 large sprig fresh thyme


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  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cardamom pods, split open
  • 3 cloves



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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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23rd Nov, 2017
This is a great recipe which translates perfectly for a slow cooker without any changes in quantity. It seems to take all sorts of variations from adding prawns or smoked fish, different spices or different vegetables.
17th Mar, 2014
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.
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28th Oct, 2013
Turned out perfectly, the rice was so fluffy and a fantastic taste
11th Jun, 2013
Fab fab fab - so easy, very light and really yummy - definitelywill be appearing regularly in our home
9th Jan, 2013
really tasty and very easy to make
23rd Sep, 2012
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.
17th Oct, 2011
Love it. I' ve also added cranberry, was really good
4th Dec, 2010
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.
3rd Jul, 2008
Ramsay as always great.
27th Feb, 2008
I've mad this. we enjoyed it!
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