A tasty alternative to standard boiled rice is, pilaf. Pilaf, Pilau, Pilav, Palov; a thousand names and variations of pilaf exist all the way from Turkey to Mongolio to India. But, first step is to get this simplest Middle Eastern method of cooking rice right. Think exact opposite of a risotto. The beauty of Turkish pilav is that grains remain light, separate and fluffy.
Serve as a side to your vegetables or as stuffing. Add fruits, vegetables or other grains to make it a whole dish on its own. Below recipe includes a very simple tip for cooking the perfect rice.