Simple and Easy Beef Pilaf (Plov) - Delicious

Beef pilaf or Pilove is a classic rice dish. It is said to be a masterpiece of Uzbek; although it has made its way into many countries and has developed rumours as to its origin in each country. Its beginnings, nevertheless, are irrelevant. Beef pilaf's unique taste and texture are what captures the hearts of most cooks and chefs. The dish can be made with chicken or lamb too.

When I first saw the dish and heard about its contents, I thought it would certainly be boring. This is clearly not the case, however. With its spices it certainly offers a unique hint of the Middle East - most food of which I love. The cumin and coriander certainly make the dish distinct.
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1  pound or 1/2 kilo of stewing beef or chuck
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves of chopped garlic
1/2 tsp of black pepper corns
1 tsp of ground coriander
1  tbsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of pepper corns
1 cup of water for simmering beef


In a pan over medium high heat, add the beef, sir and brown for about 6 to 8 minutes.
Add in the onion and garlic. Stir and saute for about 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant.
Place in the pepper corns, cumin, coriander, and stir until meat is covered with the spices and they are activated.
Pour in the water, cover, and bring to a boil. 
Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes until the beef tenderizes. Be sure to stir occasionally. 
After about 45 minutes, remove the lid, add in the carrots and rice. Stir and mix.
Pour in the water, sprinkle with saffron, increase the heat, and bring to a boil.
Place the lid back on, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes until the rice is tender and cooked 
Turn off the heat, fluff, and serve. 
Enjoy your beef pilaf (plov). salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups of thinly sliced carrots
2 cups of basmati rice or the rice of your choice
1 good pinch of saffron (optional but suggested)
2 1/2 cups of water for rice
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