Plov Recipe

Looking for an easy PLOV recipe? Learn how to make PLOV using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by ogerasym

Makes 15 servings

3 cups long grain rice, I use Basmati 4 large carrots shopping list 4 large onions 2 lbs chicken thighs 1/4 cup olive oil 6 cups boiling water 2 tsp black pepper 3 tbsp ground coriander 3 tbsp ground cumin 1/2 tbsp paprika # 1 large head of garlic, un-peeled

Recipe Ingredients for PLOV

3 cups long grain rice
4 large carrots
4 large onions
2 lbs fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup olive oil
6 cups boiling water
3 heaping tbsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
3 tbsp ground coriander
3 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 cloves garlic

Recipe Directions for PLOV

  1. # Rinse rice in cold water at least 7 times, pouring out all the water completely after each rinse; set aside

  2. # Boil water in a saucepan and add 2 tbsp salt to it; set aside

  3. # Cut up the chicken into 1 to 1-1/2 inch cubes.

  4. # Half and slice the onions 1/4 inch slices

  5. # Half lengthwise and slice or julienne the carrots

  6. # If you have fatty lamb pieces use those for melting out the fat, if not, use vegetable oil instead.

  7. # In a heavy bottom large pot or dutch oven heat the oil, or brown the fatty lamb pieces to get the fat out over high heat, until fat is smoky (but not burning)

  8. # Toss in all of the lamb and continue browning on all sides until pleasantly brown and stops sticking to the bottom.

  9. # You can either remove the meat now, or continue with the meat on the bottom.

  10. # Reduce heat to medium

  11. # Toss in onions and cook in fat until translucent, about 5-7 minutes, frequently stirring them

  12. # Toss in carrots, continue stirring

  13. # Add some of the remaining salt and half of the black pepper and paprika at this point

  14. # If you removed the meat earlier, now add it back and sprinkle some of the coriander and cumin over.

  15. # Stir for another 2-3 minutes

  16. # Fold out all the rice over the meat, onions and carrots, spread it evenly, don't stir

  17. # Make a hole in the rice with a handle of a wooden spoon, and pour the water through that hole slowly, taking care not to disturb the bottom ingredients.

  18. # Water should cover the rice by not more than 1/2 inch. Better under-water it than over-water.

  19. # Reserve the remaining water, if you have any.

  20. # Leave the heat at medium

  21. # Cover the pot tightly and let rice steam through for about 15 minutes without opening the pot

  22. # After 15 minutes toss in the remaining spices and salt. Cover again and keep steaming

  23. # Cut the top off the garlic head, slightly exposing the garlic cloves. You'll need to use some effort to do it.

  24. # Stick the garlic head (exposed side down) into the middle of the steaming plov, about 3/4 way and cover again.

  25. # Steam for another 10 minutes or so.

  26. # Check plov once in a while for doneness - the top grains should be slightly firm, and the bottom ones - well done, but not mushy.

  27. # All water should evaporate, but not burn.

  28. # If you feel your plov is not done yet, but water is gone, make holes in the plov with the handle of the wooden spoon - all the way through to the bottom, and pour remaining salty water into those holes. Don't abuse this technique, because it's very easy to overcook the plov this way. Use very little water at a time.

  29. # -

  30. # Remove from heat and stir with wooden spoon, bringing the bottom ingredients up to the surface.

  31. # Rice should be slightly sticky, but all grains should easily separate and not be easily mashed with a spoon. Meat should be tender and juicy, and vegetables should be all very tender.

  32. # -


Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 261.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 68% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 5% Iron 19%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


Calorie Breakdown
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Daily Values
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
  • Very high in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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