Pilav or rice is a traditional Turkish side dish. Unfortunately, in the restaurants, it has largely been replaced by bulgur or bread, since rice is so much more expensive.
The Turks take great pride in their rice. I have to agree, it’s buttery and often contains small pasta, like orzo and sometime pine nuts.
Here is a recipe for Turkish Pilav:
Soak 1 cup of rice in enough salted water to cover it for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Take a skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the rinsed rice and stir in hot pan until glossy and translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 cups of hot water. You can also add a chicken boullion cube if desired. You can also add the pine nuts or orzo at this point as well. Cover skillet and simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Hint: Most people prepare their rice first, then let it sit while the other foods are being prepared. If you do this, place a paper towel between the pan and its lid for the wait. This will prevent the rice from getting sticky.
I want to thank my good friend, Füsün, for contributing such wise and trusted advice and recipes to me. She has other recipes on this site, to include: bulgur and fasulye. Check them out. What do you think?