Pilaf is the main side dish in Turkish cuisine. We serve it with meat dishes, chicken dishes, stews. Even some people eat it as a main dish. Sometimes they prefer various kinds of rice pilaf, sometimes bulgur(pounded wheat) pilaf, but mostley they have one kind of pilaf on their tables.
Unlike Chinese people, who eat rice with sticks, Turkish people eat it with spoon. Now you can understand how we love it much, we can’t wait for long to eat a bowl of rice like the Chinese.
However, in Turkey the price of rice is higher than bulgur. As a result of global warming we’ve water problem, that is our water resources are decreasing day by day, so is the growth of rice in regions of Turkey. The government prefers importing it from other countries. In parallel with this, its price is rising, too. Today, many people can still afford it, but in the future it seems it will be more expensive.
As we can still afford it, let me give a delicious rice pilaf recipe. I learnt his from my friend’s mom and since the day I learnt it, I mostly prefer this one to cook. In fact, there are several kinds of rice pilaf. I’ll add those recipes later. Now you can enjoy this one.
• 1 cup rice
• 1 ¾ cup water (some put 2 cups, but I think that’s too much)
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 tsp salt, a pinch of dried mint and black pepper
Wash the rice and wait it in salty hot water for some minutes (15 minutes is enough) and drain. There should be no water.
Melt the butter in a non stick pan. Put chopped onion and carrot and saute them together until tender. Now add drained rice and stir until the rice is little crackly. Sprinkle salt, dried mint and black pepper. Then add 1 ¾ cup water and stir it once. Put the lid on and cook on the lowest heat until all the water’s gone.
Do not serve this immediately, but after 15 or 20 minutes, it will be ok. Serve it with any dish you want.