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Baked Rice Pilaf Recipe (Plov)

Baked rice pilaf recipe (PLOV). Baked rice mixed with beef, carrots, chickpeas, and raisins. A one-pan meal you'll love.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 lb beef chuck, bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt to season meat, ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 large onion, thin strands
  • 2 large carrots, thick julienne slices
  • 2 ½ cups long grain white rice ( I used Uncle Ben's)
  • ¼ cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups boiling water


  • Soak chickpeas overnight. (Or use canned cooked chickpeas.)
  • Preheat oven to 375°F in step 9.
  • Cube beef into small, bite-size pieces.
  • Cut onion into thin slices and julienne carrots.
  • In a large skillet, over high heat, heat oil. Once hot, add the cubed meat to the skillet. Cook about 8 minutes. Mix as needed so the meat doesn’t scorch. About halfway through the cooking, season meat with the 1 tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper. 
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add onions. Cook until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the carrots and cook another 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, mix everything and remove from heat.
  • Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clean. Spread the rice out in a 9x13 casserole dish. 
  • Add the raisins and chickpeas. Add all of the ingredients from the skillet and give it a good mix.
  • Pour the water into the baking dish. Add the rest of the seasonings (1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp pepper). Mix everything. Cover baking dish with foil.
  • Bake 30 minutes covered. Remove foil, mix pilaf. Bake another 8-10 minutes until water should COMPLETELY evaporate. Remove dish from stovetop, mix well and allow to sit a few minutes to finish cooking. 
  • Enjoy!