Rice Pilaf Recipe

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Rice Pilaf Recipe, PLOV {ПЛОВ}

Rice Pilaf, also known as Plov (ПЛОВ), is a very popular Slavic rice recipe. Pork, Lamb, or chicken can be used but we make Beef Rice Pilaf the most from all the veriations. There are many versions of this nutritious dish, but it mostly consists of rice, meat and vegetables. If you ever attend a Russian or Ukrainian wedding you may find Plov among the many dishes served. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and can feed a moderate to big crowd. Serve with a creamy side salad like Olivye Salad {Оливье Cалат}.

Ingredients for Rice Pilaf:


Rice Pilaf ingredients

How to make Rice Pilaf:

You can use any rice you like, but I particularly like Uncle Ben’s rice since it doesn’t tend to stick or get mushy on me. I do like to use an equal mix of white and brown rice at times for a nice texture and combination but that’s totally up to you. To achieve “a fall apart” kind of texture I highly recommend Uncle Ben’s rice.


Rice Pilaf Recipe, PLOV {ПЛОВ}


Cube the meat into 2″ chunks; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the  carrots into chunks, (cutting lengthwise slices and crosswise to get long and chunky pieces.) Dice onion.

Sear the meat chunks on a skillet and transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover meat with about 4 1/2 cups of water; bring to a boil and simmer on low for 1 hour. This is highly recommended since meat is usually tough if it were only to cook with the rice. This way meat is tender.

Sauté the onion and carrots; throw into an oven safe pot or cast iron. After meat has simmered pour the liquid from meat into a big measuring cup. (Liquid should have reduced slightly and you should have about 4 cups of liquid)


Rice Pilaf Recipe, PLOV {ПЛОВ}


Place all ingredients into pot (sautéed carrots and onions, 1 head of garlic peeled, rinsed rice, seasoning & meat). Don’t worry the cumin will not overpower the dish, it just gives the plov a nice aroma and blends in after cooking so it will not be strong and recipe calls for a tiny bit. Turn on cast iron to med-high and sauté for a couple of minutes. Pour in liquid. Bring to a boil and quickly reduce heat to low;cover and simmer. DO NOT OPEN LID DURING THIS PROCESS. Simmer 30 minutes; turn off and let rest on stove another 15 min.

You are ready to serve your rice. ENJOY!


Rice Pilaf Recipe, PLOV {ПЛОВ}

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Plov Recipe (Beef Rice Pilaf)

Prep Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 328kcal
Plov (Rice Pilaf) is a very popular Slavic rice recipe. Pork, Lamb, or chicken can be used but we like Beef Rice Pilaf the most from all the veriations.
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  • 1 1/2 lbs Pork I used pork
  • 2 cups Rice texture may vary depending on the rice you use
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 10 Cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 packets Goya sazon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt I used iodized table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water water will reduce after simmering you need 4 cups for the rice


  • Brown the meat in a medium sized saucepan. Pour 4 1/2 cups of water over the met and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile chop the carrots and onion. Sauté over med heat in a large pot. Add peeled garlic, rice and seasoning.
  • When meat has finished simmering take out meat pieces and place into the pot, Take the liquid and pour into a measuring cup, you should have about 4 cups of the liquid/broth. (If you have less or more be sure to adjust to exactly 4 cups).
  • Add the reserved 4 cups of liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately. Cover with lid and simmer on low for 30 min. DO NOT OPEN LID. When 30 minutes has passed turn off and let sit 15 min not opening the lid to allow the rice to steam.
  • ENJOY!


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2150IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Nutrition Facts
Plov Recipe (Beef Rice Pilaf)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 578mg25%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2150IU43%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anna December 22, 2018 - 3:19 pm

Can i substitute vegeta seasoning for the gayo sazon if I don’t have it?

Alyona's Cooking December 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

You can but the Goya packets help give the plov color since the seasoning is orange. Using paprika can give the plov an orange hue so it can be that and just the staple spices like cumin, salt, and pepper, Vegeta is not really necessary.

olga September 17, 2015 - 12:58 am

What type of pork did you use for this recipe? The exact name? I’m not good with meat.

Alyona's Cooking September 17, 2015 - 7:53 am

I believe I used pork loin in the plov, Olga.


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