Turkmen Pilaf

Palaw – Turkmen Pilaf

Serves 8

1 kg chicken/turkey/lamb/beef
2 tablespoons salt
300 ml (1⅕ cups) vegetable oil
1 large onion, halved and sliced
5 large carrots, julienned
1 l + 375 ml (5½ cups) water
1 kg (4½ cups) basmati rice, rinsed

1. Cut the meat into mouthful chunks. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and mix well with your hand.

2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the meat chunks and fry until lightly browned. Add the onion. When the onion begins to soften, add the carrots and fry for 5 minutes. Add the water and remaining salt, and increase the heat. Boil for 5 minutes.

3. Add the rice to the pot and stir with a perforated spoon. When the rice begins to absorb the water, lower the heat to medium and cover the pot. Steam the rice for 30 minutes, stirring once in between. Serve warm.

Posted in Rice & Grains | 27 Comments
  1. vusalNazimoglu

    En sevdiğim pilav Tükmen pilavı ! sağolasınız !

  2. Dear Bayramgül,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it for my project around the world in eighty dishes and it was delicious. I love your blog, it’s beautiful!

  3. Ahmet

    thank you so so so much for blog and for sharin our national foods 🙂

  4. Masako

    Çok teşekkür ederim bu recipe’yi paylaşmak için! Gelecek yılbası’da bu Pilav’ı yapmak istiyorum!
    Yaponya’dan salamlar…

  5. Karni

    Hello from Indonesia..
    Sagja bol.. thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Gotta try it this weekend… 🙂
    I love your blog..!!

  6. Bayramgeldi

    Siteyi bugun keshfettim ve chok duygulandim, gururlandim. Bundan sonraki ishlerinizde basharilar diliyorum. Elimden geldigince bu siteyi yaymaya gayret edecegim. Turkmenistan’dan, Ata Vatan’dan selamlar!

  7. Dannette

    Thank you so much…this recipe reminds us so much of our Turkmen exchange students, Nurjemal, Jennet, Risalat and Ogulgul

  8. fanny

    hi, how to make the rice turns yellow?

    • One Turkmen Kitchen

      Hi Fanny, the rice turns yellow from the carrots so you can try finely slicing some of the carrots so that they melt and/or add more carrots.

  9. Hope

    Thanks a lot.

  10. Maya

    Байрамгуль, я горжусь вами!!! Молодцы!

  11. Kathryn

    Kop, Kop sag bol!!

  12. Myrat

    Gul yaly boldy sag bolun. Yone duzy 2 cemce dalde 3 cemce has yerinde boldy mende.

  13. Gadam

    Et gowuranda yumusamalymy ya gaynadanda? Ilkinji gezek edemde et gatyrak boldy. Birem palawy nadip biri birine yapysmaz yaly etyan?

    • One Turkmen Kitchen

      Et gowrulanda ýumşamaly, ýagny bişmeli. Eger şonda et gatyrak bolsa suw guýanyňdan soň pessejik otda köpräk gaýnatmaly. Palawyň bir-birine ýelmeşmesi tüwiňe bagly.

  14. Boryana

    Hello! Thank you for this wonderful blog. My boyfriend is Turkmen and this is his favoirite meal. I’d love to make it for him for his birthday. Is there anything spesific, if cooked with beef? Also, what spesific kind of beef meat would you reccomend? I am very exited 🙂

  15. George Petrovich

    So here’s a North American question: what changes would you suggest in the recipe if made in an “Instant Pot” (the Canadian counter-top electric pressure cooker / rice cooker / yogurt maker)?

    It has a “saute” function which I would think should work for browning the meat and softening the onions and carrots, and bringing the water / broth up to hot before adding the rice.

    Thanks a million for your website. Turkmen are great!

    • One Turkmen Kitchen

      Thanks George. We haven’t tried this in an instant pot so can’t help you there, sorry 🙂

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