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Plov-Uzbek Rice Pilaf Recipe

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Plov (Uzbek Rice Pilaf) not your traditional rice pilaf. It has a unique taste. Very popular in Slavic community here in USA. My husband and I got chance to make big batch of this plov on outside fire for friend’s wedding. It turned out great according to feedback we got.

 Pilaf

Ingredients

4 cups long grain rice, I use ParboilRice (see picture below) or Basmati,
6 large carrots- julienne
4 large onions- sliced in 1/4″ half circles
2 lbs. beef meat – I use tri tip- Or lamb- cut into 1×2 inch rectangles
1 cup canola oil
2-3 Tbsp. salt- adjust to your taste
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. whole cumin
1 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 Tbsp. Turmeric
1/4 cup dried barberries (optional)
1-2 large head of garlic -peel the first layer, and cut the top of the garlic keeping the garlic whole
1 dry chili pepper (optional)
7-8 cups boiling water
3-4 green onions (for toping)

plov step 4

 

plov step 1

 

 

plov step 2

*** I usually get this rice from Cash&Cary

 

Direction:
Rinse rice in cold water at least 7-8 times, pouring out all the water completely after each rinse;  after you done rinsing, cover rice with warm water and let it soak while you prep the meat and vegetables.
Heat oil in a dutch oven or cast iron pot (kazan) on medium high add meat and cook until light brown color for about 20-25 minutes.Season with some salt and black pepper.
Add onions and cook along with the meat until onions are soft and golden brown for about 10-13 minutes.

 Add about 2 cup of boiling hot water: add ground cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, and rest of the salt. Mix and taste. At this point it should be little over -salted. (When we add the carrots and rice later, they will observe the salt). Cover with lid and simmer over medium/low heat for about 30-40 minutes or until meat is tender.

Spread carrots evenly on top of the meat and don’t mix. Cover the lid and cook for additional 5 minutes.
Spread out evenly all the rice over the meat, onions and carrots mixture, don’t stir.
Slowly add the hot boiling water make sure the water is like ½ inch above the rice.
Add whole cumin, dry chili and dry barberries.
Bring to boil on high heat. When water disappears from the top, lower the heat to low. Take out the chili.Stick the garlic head (exposed side down) into the middle of the steaming rice so it gets covered in rice.  With the wooden spoon, make holes in the rice going all the way to the bottom
Form rice into a mountain, and close the lid. Cook on low for about 15-20 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 20-30 minutes.

plov step 3

plov step 5

Carefully mix the plov taking from the very bottom.
Serve with thinly sliced green onions on top

Uzbeck plov

Enjoy!

 

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Plov-Uzbek Rice Pilaf Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 8-10

Plov-Uzbek Rice Pilaf Recipe

Plov (Uzbek Rice Pilaf) not your traditional rice pilaf. It has a unique taste. Very popular in Slavic community here in USA. My husband and I got chance to make big batch of this plov for friend’s wedding. It turned out great according to feedback we got.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups long grain rice, I use Basmati,
  • 6 large carrots- julienne
  • 4 large onions- sliced in 1/4? half circles
  • 2 lbs. beef meat – I use tri tip- or lamb cut into 1x2 inch rectangles
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. salt- adjust to your taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. whole cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 Tbsp. Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup dried barberries (optional)
  • 1-2 large head of garlic -peel the first layer, and cut the top of the garlic keeping the garlic whole
  • 1 dry chili pepper (optional)
  • 7-8 cups boiling water
  • 3-4 green onions (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Rinse rice in cold water at least 7-8 times, pouring out all the water completely after each rinse; after you done rinsing, cover rice with warm water and let it soak while you prep the meat and vegetables.
  2. Heat oil in a dutch oven or cast iron pot (kazan) on medium high add meat and cook until light brown color for about 20-25 minutes. Season with some salt and black pepper.
  3. Add onions and cook along with the meat until onions are soft and golden brown for about 10-13 minutes.
  4. Add about 2 cup of boiling hot water: add ground cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, and rest of the salt. Mix and taste. At this point it should be little over -salted. (When we add the carrots and rice later, they will observe the salt). Cover with lid and simmer over medium/low heat for about 30-40 minutes or until meat is tender.
  5. Spread carrots evenly on top of the meat and don’t mix. Cover the lid and cook for additional 5 minutes.
  6. Spread out evenly all the rice over the meat, onions and carrots mixture, don't stir.
  7. Slowly add the hot boiling water make sure the water is like ½ inch above the rice.
  8. Add whole cumin, dry chili and dry barberries.
  9. Bring to boil on high heat. When water disappears from the top, lower the heat to low. Take out the chili. Stick the garlic head (exposed side down) into the middle of the steaming rice so it gets covered in rice. With the wooden spoon, make holes in the rice going all the way to the bottom
  10. Form rice into a mountain, and close the lid. Cook on low for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat and let it sit for another 20-30 minutes.
  12. Carefully mix the plov taking from the very bottom.
  13. Serve with thinly sliced green onions on top
  14. Enjoy!
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  • Alexandria 11/06/2014, 9:33 PM

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this information.

  • Nataliya 12/10/2014, 1:46 PM

    Finally I stumbled upon this plov, it looks exactly what I was looking for, the uzbek plov, my favorite! Definitely going to try this next week or even tomorrow! Thank you for your awesome recipe posts!

  • Nataliya 12/10/2014, 6:59 PM

    Where do u buy whole cumin and barberries.? Thank you, hoping to make this tomorrow.

  • Natasha 12/11/2014, 2:48 PM

    I made this plov today, and I’m a failure at making plov, I cannot add right amount of water, my plov turned out mushy. I added total of 7 cups of water, next time I’m gonna experiment with basmati rice, I used jasmine rice.

  • Tanya I 01/08/2015, 2:26 PM

    Love your plov recipe, and the ParboilRice rice works perfectly! Not sticky at all. Thank you!

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  • lionel 06/17/2015, 5:27 AM

    delicious recipe, it’s nice to see you using the more traditional method to prepare it in the real uzbek way! I can’t get enough of this meal 🙂

    we have an article that goes more in-depth on the history of plov here http://lilontravel.com/blog/dining-across-the-silk-road-part-1-uzbekistans-plov/

  • Luba 10/28/2015, 7:55 PM

    Hi! Is this rice freezeable? Have you ever tried freezing it if it’s too much?

    • Inessa 10/29/2015, 3:04 PM

      Hi Luba, I haven’t freeze it before, but I am sure it will be great. I am freezing goluptsi and they freeze well.

  • Raisa 09/22/2016, 12:50 PM

    Very good recipe. I used grapeseed oil instead of canola oil, it’s healtier.

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