Recipes Courtesy of the USA Rice Federation.

USA Rice Federation

Apple Pilau

Apple Pilau

A vegetarian diet calls for meals with ingredients that make up for lost proteins found in meats. Protein packed cashews provide added substance to this Indian inspired dish fortified with U.S. basmati rice and apples.

What You’ll Need:


2 tbsp butter or oil 30 mL
1 cup each chopped onion, celery and carrots 250 mL
2 tbsp curry paste 30 mL
2 tbsp each cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and pepper 30 mL
2 cups Aar Cee Basmati rice white or brown, rinsed and drained 500 mL
4 cups vegetable broth 1 L
2 cups diced tomatoes 500 mL
2 cups chopped, cored red apple 500 mL
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, divided 125 mL
1/2 cup each toasted cashews and coconut 125 mL


In a large deep skillet, heat butter over medium high heat. Add onion, celery and carrots, cooking until onions are tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in curry paste, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and pepper. Cook one minute. Stir in rice until each grain is coated with curry mixture. Increase heat to high, pour in broth, scraping bottom of pan to get all brown bits. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer without stirring until rice is tender and all liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir in tomatoes, apples and half of the cilantro. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to large serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro, cashews and coconut. Suggest serving with a cucumber raita.

Tip: For extra kick, add chopped chillies to the onion mixture.

* Rinsing your long grain basmati helps remove excess starch that sits on the un-cooked grains.

Diets: Vegetarian, Vegan, Canada’s Guide to Healthy Eating and Gluten Free

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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