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Rice Pilaf Recipe (Plov)

An easy recipe for fluffy and flavor-packed rice pilaf (plov). The pilaf is loaded with meat and vegetables, a hearty rice dinner.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 lb beef chuck, bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thin strands
  • 2 large carrots, thick julienne slices
  • 2 cups long grain white rice (Uncle Ben's)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste (divided)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth


  • Cube beef into small, bite-size pieces. Cut onion into thin slices and julienne carrots.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over high heat. Add the meat chunks and cook until browned. Season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
  • Add in the sliced onions and 1 Tbsp oil. Saute until onions are tender. Add in the carrots and 1 Tbsp oil and saute until carrots are tender.
  • Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant.
  • Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clean. Spread the rice out in a 9x13 casserole dish
  • Add the sauteed meat and vegetables and stir to combine.
  • Add the water and broth. Add the rest of the seasonings (1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground coriander, ½ tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp pepper). Mix everything. Cover baking dish with foil.
  • Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Remove foil, mix pilaf. Bake another 8-10 minutes, until the liquids completely evaporate. Fluff rice before serving.