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Simple and Easy Beef Pilaf (Plove)

Beef pilaf or Plov is a classic rice dish. It is said to be one of the masterpieces of Uzbek; although it has made its way into many countries and has developed rumours as to its origin in each country. Its beginnings, nevertheless, are irrelevant. Beef pilaf's unique taste and texture are what captures the hearts of most cooks and chefs. The dish can be made with chicken or lamb, as well.
Cooking Method , ,
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 60 mins Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 4
Calories 405
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

When I first saw the dish and heard about its contents, I thought it would be boring. This is clearly not the case. With its spices it certainly offers a unique hint of the Middle East - most food of which I love. The cumin and coriander certainly make the dish distinct.

As I mentioned earlier, you don't have to use beef as beef pilaf is known as a rice dish rather than a meat dish. This concept, I clearly love as it can be considered a Vegan dish as well.

In terms of the spices, you can add more or less, as always. The type of rice is optional too. I use basmati rice as I simple love it, but you can use long grained rice or whatever you wish. Personally, although I'm somewhat biased, I think the dish is perfect as is. The only thing I forgot and would certainly add is raisins. You hear me correctly "raisins." They simply give it that certain hint of sweetness that I love.

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  • 1 pound or 1/2 kilo of stewing beef or chuck
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper corns
  • 1 cup water for simmering beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 cups Basmati rice or the rice of your choice
  • 1 good pinch of saffron (optional but suggested
  • 2 1/2 cups water for rice
  1. In a pan over medium high heat, add the beef, sir and brown for about 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Add in the onion and garlic. Stir and saute for about 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Place in the pepper corns, cumin, coriander, and stir until meat is covered with the spices and they are activated.

  4. Pour in the water, cover, and bring to a boil. 

  5. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes until the beef tenderizes. Be sure to stir occasionally. 

  6. After about 45 minutes, remove the lid, add in the carrots and rice. Stir and mix.

  7. Pour in the water, sprinkle with saffron, increase the heat, and bring to a boil.

  8. Place the lid back on, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender and cooked 

  9. Turn off the heat, fluff, and serve. 

  10. Enjoy your beef pilaf (plov). 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 405kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Cholesterol 40mg14%
Sodium 270mg12%
Total Carbohydrate 45g15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.

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David Hood
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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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