Turkish Pilav – How to Cook Turkish Rice

When I first started cooking Turkish rice I just could not get it right.  It took me quite sometime and eventually I admitted to my Sister in Law I couldn’t cook it and could she show me. This is how she taught me how to cook Turkish Rice….


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5
  • Rating: 5 stars – based on 2 reviews



First of all I also use Baldo Rice it always turns out the best and it’s what my MIL and SIL always use.

I always add Orzo, thats those little brown bits you get in the rice here.

I like to add a chicken stock cube for flavour but you can leave it out or use a vegetable stock cube.

Olive Oil, you can use vegetable oil or butter.

Wash your rice throughly this removes all the starch and dust from the rice and stops it becoming thick and gloppy.

In your pot add the Olive Oil and add in the Orzo, keep stiring the Orzo until it turns a nice golden colour.

Add in your rice and allow to heat for 2-3 minutes keep stiring.

Add in your stock cube and salt.

The add in your warm water till it covers the rice by about an inch.


Allow rice to simmer on a low heat until all the water is absorb by the rice.

Then take off the heat and place either a clean tea towel or paper kitchen towel over the top of the rice and place the lid on the top.  Allow your rice to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the lid and towel and fluff up rice with a fork.

You can either serve straight away or I like to leave mine to cool before serving.

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4 Responses to “Turkish Pilav – How to Cook Turkish Rice”

  1. 3rd September 2013

    Lynn Edmond Reply

    Hi Kerry

    I have been going to Turkey for at least 13 years and still love it as much as the first time. I am so pleased to find your recipe for Turkish rice as it has been baffling me as to the other ingredient in it. Somebody told me its bulgar, but I somehow knew it wasn't! So it's browned Orzo! Now I'll be able to replicate this dish here in England. Thank you! Lynn

  2. 12th May 2014

    TheNerdyDeviant Reply

    Tried this recipe today, and it was brilliant. Thank you very much. 10/10

  3. 25th October 2015

    Pip Reply

    This is awesome, thank you so much for posting! I cooked it tonight and family loved it 🙂

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