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Friday, March 25, 2005

Pilaf with Orzo

(Şehriyeli Pilav)

Pilaf with Orzo
3/4 cup long-grain rice
3 tbsp orzo (check the pasta aisle)
1 cup hot water or chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
Pinch pepper

Wash the rice several times with warm water and drain. Then cover the rice with hot water and leave for about 15 minutes, then drain. Place the orzo in a medium sized pot. Stir continuously on medium-low heat, until the colour turns light brown. Add the butter and rice in the cooking pot. Saute the rice with butter for 2-3 minutes while stirring. Pour 1 cup of hot water or chicken stock in it. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat to low. Cover and cook until the rice absorbs all the water.

Take the cooking pot away from the heat. Open the lid, place a clean kitchen towel across the top of the pot on the rim and put the lid on it. Let the Pilaf stand for about 5 minutes. We call this brewing time. Then serve.



At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this dish last night and it turned out great. The only thing I did different was soak the rice a little beforehand so that it would cook faster.

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

da recipe is super but the only thing is you should write how long it takes and the method for which would help us more and how many people it will serve!!!!!!!!!!

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I gave how long it takes to cook which is "when all the liquid has evaporated" this is the way how to cook Pilaf.
Pilaf with Orzo is a side dish so it depends the size of serving. Which is also important what is served with it. Was it steak or was it stew? So serving can be for 2 or 4 even 5 :)

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes you have posted. They are easy to follow, healthy and delicious. It is wonderful to find such great Turkish dishes online. My family and I have enjoyed several of them so far. I just favorited your site and look forward to trying many more! Tesekkur ederiz.

All the best,

Meltem Priest

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Min Chan said...

This is my children's favourite. They have named this dish, Teze Rice, after my friend, Esin, who cooked this for us.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Min,
What a cute name, love it:)

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in Turkey and have eaten most of these recipies so its great to be able to cook them now as I have missed them so much.
Thank you

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Tariflerinize tesekkurler. Elli senedir kanadada yasadigim icin Turk yemeklerini bilmiyorum ve bildiklerimide ozluyorum. Your recipes are very easy to undersand. Mesela bu sabah toyga corbasi tarifini ararken dogme diye biseye rastladim, bunu google edince tabi bir suru tatoolar hakkinda linkler buldum yenilecek dovmenin ne oldugunu hala ogrenemedim fakat sizin tarifiyle yaptigim corba nefis oldu. Again many thanks,

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tesekkur ederim Tolga:)
Dövme, kabugu cikartilmis bugday demek. Belki burada aramak ihtiyaciniz olur, ingilizce karsiligi hulled wheat. Her hangi bir yemek tarifiniz olursa lutfen yazin, yardimci olmaya calisirim:)

At 2:10 AM, Blogger Jana Inanc said...

Dear Binnur,

thank you so much for your recipies - also for the additional ideas on how to put the whole meal together!
I will try to make karniyarik tonight for the first time in my life (it s my husbands favourite, so no pressure there) and now I know how to put a nice meal together...
Will post the results tomorrow...
Also I live in Istanbul now and would like to know - is your cook book available in English anywhere here? Thanks a lot....

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Dear Jana,
Thank you:) I am glad that I can help your cooking:)
Sorry for the inconeniens my book is not avaible in TurkiyeMy book is published and sold only by (USA). Sorry:)

At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

i need your help with this recipe please because it does not say what happens to the orzo after it's color turns brown. the next step talks about adding the rice and butter to *a* pot (not *the* pot which makes it sounds like you are talking about a separate pot)then the next steps talk about the rice only no mention of the orzo at all. so, do we add the rice and butter to the same pot with the orzo? thanks a lot.

Ramadan Mubarak to you bunnur and everyone :)

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Every thing will be cooked in the same pot. The result will be as shown in the picture:)
Hayirli Ramazanlar!

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

this looks great, i am excited to try it. thank you for sharing the recipe.

At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Norzela said...

Dear Binnur,
Merhaba. Tesekkur ederim. I had just returned from a two-week vacation in Turkey a week ago and I am already missing Turkish food. And then I found you! I am right now eating the pilav and writing to you. The pilav is just like the ones I had in Turkey.I had been wondering what those brown bits were and when I stumbled into your website, I realized that it is my favorite orzo. MasyaAllah. I am so grateful to you for sharing this wonderful recipe. InsyaAllah I will try the Moussaka tomorrow. And will let you know how it turns out. Thank you very much, Binnur.

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Leoni said...

I have been searching for this recipe since my travels in Turkey 7 years ago because I didn't know what it was called. I love, love, love your site and your wonderful recipes. Thank you.

At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


THANKYOU so much I have cooked a few of your dishes and we love them!! I'm Maltese my husband is Turkish I love cooking his favourite dishes from Turkey for him and you have taught me well. Thankyou

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you! My family and I visited Malta four times in the past and we loved it!
During one of those visits there was a fireworks show and my children
enjoyed watching it almost every night:)


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