Royal Rice (Shahi Chawal)

Serve this classic rice pilaf, or pilao, with roast or grilled chicken, Indian flatbreads, and a yogurt sauce.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 3 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp. cashews
  • 4 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 2 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  • Place the dates and apricots in a bowl. Add the cream and milk, and let soak for 3 hours.
  • In a deep pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the cashews and sauté for 20 seconds. Add the almonds and green cardamom; sauté for another 20 seconds.
  • Add the bay leaf, black cardamom, and rice; sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the salt, water, and the apricot-date mixture. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat. Cover and cook until the rice is done, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Recipe Information

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup dried dates, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp. cashews
  • 4 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 2 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  • Place the dates and apricots in a bowl. Add the cream and milk, and let soak for 3 hours.
  • In a deep pan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the cashews and sauté for 20 seconds. Add the almonds and green cardamom; sauté for another 20 seconds.
  • Add the bay leaf, black cardamom, and rice; sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the salt, water, and the apricot-date mixture. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat. Cover and cook until the rice is done, about 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories700
Total Fat30g
Saturated Fat10g
Cholesterol45mg
Sodium350mg
Total Carbohydrate92g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars15g
Protein13g