Pilaf Rice Cake… another way to cook rice

2 Dec

Here is the last part of my Asian dinner posts…

I have a tendency to cook my rice that way because I like it when the rice has a nice crust on top, looks good on a plate and most important…. can be kept in the oven almost forever while you enjoy your drink with your friends!

Indeed… we use to think that the easiest way to cook rice is to boil it 10 minutes before serving it but if you think about it….. you spend almost the same amount of time waiting for your water to boil then for the next 10 minutes you are watching your clock every 30 seconds to make sure you did not forget your rice on the stove. If you did forget it, you’re good for another round, if you did not, you have to rush everything at the same time and get everybody to sit in order to serve them a hot rice….

Try that method and we’ll speak about it afterwards….


  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly diced or crushed
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 5 cups of stock (chicken or veg)
  • salt and pepper


Drizzle a large deep frying pan with olive oil and pour the diced onion on top. (It’s better to start with temperate oil rather than hot so that the onion does not burn.) Start to cook it and when it gets a nice golden color, add the garlic. Cook a little longer and add the rice (Basmati preferably). Once the rice gets translucent, season with salt and pepper and cover with the stock. Give it a quick stir then cover it with a cartouche or a lid that fits perfectly and let it cook for at least 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked. At that stage, adjust the seasoning then you can serve it straight away or let it cook longer on very low heat or in the oven to get that nice crust and shape.

Just make sure the rice is covered to keep the moisture.

To serve the rice, place a flat serving dish on top of the pan and turn it upside down, it should get out of the pan easily.

Rice Cake


To make coconut rice, use a can of coconut milk and 3 cups of stock and add toasted shredded coconut.

To make a spiced rice, add your spices to the onion to release all their flavor.

Use wild rice for example but cook it longer.

Add nuts or grilled vegetables to your rice if you want a vegetarian option.






One Response to “Pilaf Rice Cake… another way to cook rice”


  1. pictures and recipe ideas…. | diane's kitchen - December 3, 2012

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