Tamarind Pilaf

Tamarind Pilaf


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This is a great rice side dish with the powerful flavours of tamarind, garlic and ginger. Use as much tamarind as you like.


Serves: 8 

  • 3 cups (750ml) water
  • 275g long grain white rice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 100g tamarind paste
  • 1 pinch ground turmeric
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 dessertspoon sesame seeds
  • handful chopped fresh coriander to garnish

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water and rice to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes until liquid has been absorbed. Fluff rice with a fork.
  2. Heat 1/2 of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and saute the garlic paste and ginger paste until lightly browned. Mix in the tamarind paste, turmeric, salt and pepper. Gradually mix in the rice. Cook and stir until well coated.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan and saute sesame seeds until lightly browned. Mix into the rice mixture. Garnish with coriander to serve.

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Reviews (3)


I backed off the tamarind a lot to be able to enjoy the other flavors more. We enjoyed this very much. It was east to make full of flavor and Mom who doesn't care for rice asked for 2nds - 14 May 2013


Tasted totally sour. No-one in my family would eat it. I would not recommend to anyone, ever. Unless you are fond of tammarind. No seasame at all. - 29 Sep 2008


Very good. I love strong flavours, and this was absolutely delicious and was an excellent accompaniment to a chicken curry dish I made. Cut back the tamarind paste a bit if you prefer a less sour taste. - 29 Sep 2008

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