March 7, 2017

Pork Plov (Pork Rice Pilaf with Cranberries)

Pork Plov (Pork Rice Pilaf with Cranberries): rich in taste, marvelous dish to serve at any event. Our family version of pilaf.

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This pilaf recipe is so flavorful and extremely delicious; you just can’t get enough of it. There are probably thousands pilaf recipes all around the web, some with beef, some with chicken, even lamb, but I prefer mine with pork. The main idea of pilaf is to use rice, carrots, onions and meat and season with salt and pepper and other spices.

Half of the time I make a simple version of rice pilaf in rice maker, and other times I put my time into this version. It’s slightly time consuming, but totally worth it. You can double the ingredients because this recipe re-heats nicely and can last days in the fridge. I even heard people freeze plov; no surprises there. This recipe is just that good! The addition of dried cranberries gives an extra sweetness and tang to this dish.

You’re going to need a cast iron casserole or something similar with a heavy lid to keep the steam from coming out. I got a Martha Stewart Cast Iron 6 Qt. Round Dutch Oven Casserole (in yellow 🙂 it was a present), extremely heavy and I love using it for so many dishes.

Pork Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice (8 oz)
  • 1.5 lb pork meat (1 lb plenty too)
  • 1 large onion (12-13 oz)
  • 4 medium carrots (11-12 oz) (I use my home grown here)
  • 1 garlic head
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or 4 oz if you weigh)
  • 2/3 cup grapeseed oil (canola, vegetable works too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika (sweet, not smoked)
  • 2 3/4 cups boiled water

How to Make Pork Plov:

1. Start by rinsing 1 cup uncooked basmati rice under lukewarm water and leave it in a bowl with water to slightly puff up. Preheat 2/3 cup grapeseed oil in a cast iron casserole on low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prep and cut your main ingredients. Cube 1.5 lb pork meat into 1/2” pieces, chop carrots into matchsticks (about 1.5” long, 1/4” thickness), and chop 1 large onion into similar slices to carrots.

2. Add cubed meat pieces into heated oil, sauté for about 10-12 minutes, stir occasionally. Next, add chopped onion to the meat, keep stirring occasionally for 10-12 minutes. Add carrots into casserole and keep sautéing for another 10-12 minutes. (Stir occasionally to keep from scorching at the bottom). Meanwhile, measure herbs and spices: 1 1/2 tsp fine salt, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground paprika, and 1/4 tsp dried paprika; whisk together and set aside.

3. Sprinkle mixed herbs/spices over sautéed ingredients, add in 2 3/4 boiled water, and lightly stir. (I have my water boiler that keeps hot water 24/7, but if you don’t have that, I would suggest boiling water in separate pot to have it ready). Cut off the head of the garlic to expose the cloves. Put garlic cut side down into the center of the soup. You’re going to close the lid now, and keep it cooking for about 40 minutes on low; this is kind of a soup making process.

4. Remove garlic (make sure you get all the cloves). Rinse rice once more in cold water and spread on top in casserole. DON’T STIR IT, just spread on top to make sure all rice covered in the soup. Close the lid and turn up heat to med-low. Simmer for 15-17 minutes or until only about 3/4″ liquid left on the bottom when you put a spatula through. Sprinkle 1 cup dried cranberries over rice, and lightly push into rice, but don’t stir it. Close the lid back on, lower heat to low and let it simmer for another 30-40 minutes until no liquid left. (Keep lid on the whole time so the steam stays in; you can check once-twice on the process).

When finished, transfer cooked pilaf into a big pot or some metal big bowl. I would not suggest mixing in the casserole you cooked as there might be a bit scorching at the bottom (you don’t want that in your pilaf). Very gently mix everything with spatula (but don’t over-mix). Store leftovers in refrigerator when cooled; heat on low the next day.

Pork Plov (Pork Rice Pilaf with Cranberries)

5 from 11 votes
Servings: 8 -10 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Pork Plov (Pork Rice Pilaf with Cranberries): flavorful, rich in taste, a delicious dish to serve at any event.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice (8 oz)
  • 1.5 lb pork meat (1 lb ok too)
  • 1 large onion (12-13 oz)
  • 4 medium carrots (11-12 oz - I use home grown here)
  • 1 garlic head
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or 4 oz if you weigh)
  • 2/3 cup grapeseed oil (canola or vegetable works too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika (sweet or regular)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 3/4 cups boiled water

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing 1 cup uncooked basmati rice under lukewarm water and leave it in a bowl with water to slightly puff up. Preheat 2/3 cup grapeseed oil in a cast iron casserole on low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prep and cut your main ingredients. Cube 1.5 lb pork meat into 1/2” pieces, chop carrots into matchsticks (about 1.5” long, 1/4” thickness), and chop 1 large onion into similar slices to carrots.

  2. Add cubed meat pieces into heated oil, sauté for about 10-12 minutes, stir occasionally. Add chopped onion to the meat, keep stirring occasionally for 10-12 minutes. Add carrots into casserole and keep sautéing for another 10-12 minutes. (Stir occasionally to keep from scorching at the bottom). Meanwhile, measure herbs and spices: 1 1/2 tsp fine salt, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground paprika, and 1/4 tsp dried paprika; whisk together and set aside.

  3. Sprinkle mixed herbs/spices over sautéed ingredients, add in 2 3/4 boiled water, and lightly stir. (I have my water boiler that keeps hot water 24/7, but if you don’t have that, I would suggest boiling water in separate pot to have it ready). Cut off the head of the garlic to expose the cloves. Put garlic cut side down into the center of the soup. You’re going to close the lid now, and keep it cooking for about 40 minutes on low; this is kind of a soup making process.

  4. Remove garlic (make sure you get all the cloves). Rinse rice once more in cold water and spread on top in casserole. DON’T STIR IT, just spread on top to make sure all rice covered in the soup. Close the lid and turn up heat to med-low. Simmer for 15-17 minutes or until only about 3/4" liquid left on the bottom when you put a spatula through. Sprinkle 1 cup dried cranberries over rice, and lightly push into rice, but don’t stir it. Close the lid back on, lower heat to low and let it simmer for another 30-40 minutes until no liquid left. (Keep lid on the whole time so the steam stays in; you can check once-twice on the process).

  5. When finished, transfer cooked pilaf into a big pot or some metal big bowl. I would not suggest mixing in the casserole you cooked as there might be a bit scorching at the bottom (you don’t want that in your pilaf). Very gently mix everything with spatula. Try not to press or squeeze it. Store leftovers in refrigerator when cooled; heat on low the next day. But for now, serve while warm with tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles or any salad. Enjoy!!!

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  • Cat

    This was a delicious take on a rice pilaf that I’d never tried before. I halved the recipe for the two of us and used previously slow roasted roasted pork shoulder rather than raw and so reduced the cooking times slightly at the beginning. My rice cooked quicker than the 30-40 minutes too, but it may have been the type of rice I used. I also needed a fair bit more water than advised, but that was easy to deal with. I’d definitely cook this again as it had a lovely flavour and was so easy to do. Thank you for sharing.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Cat! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  • Vicki

    Olga – thanks for the great work you’re doing with your website! I became a much better cook (from zero, actually) – thanks to you. We love this pilaf recipe and we make it at least once a month!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us and your wonderful review, Vicki!

  • Anastasia

    This was super AMAZING. I followed the recipe exactly. Plov is definitely a comfort food staple!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you Anastasia, I’m happy you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  • Dee-dee

    Your plov recipe got to be the winner of the world. Flavorful, delicious and so easy to make. You explain it so well, just perfect for me 🙂 I’m so glad I discovered your page!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you Dee-dee for your kind words and welcome to our kitchen! 🙂

  • Laurel

    This plov recipe is simply amazing! I especially LOVE the flavoring and the cumin addition. I never thought of adding cranberries into pilaf but now I saw what I was missing out on. Thank you for sharing this delicious dish!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      You’re very welcome and thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  • April M.

    The best plov recipe out there!! I had to make it twice last week. It was so good. Love how you explain everything, it’s so easy to follow and my pilaf turns out amazing every time.

  • Verka

    This plov turned out so good! The process didn’t seem that long and we doubled the servings since we got a bigger family. There’s not much left for leftovers lol but this plov definitely made our weekend. Thanks Olga for an amazing recipe!!!!!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Verka! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. I myself double the serving sometimes for our family of 4 🙂

  • Kristina

    I tried many plov recipes and this was so far the best I tried in many years. Love the flavors and the cranberries in it. What a great recipe.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Kristina! The cranberries definitely add a nice flavor to this dish! 🙂

  • Sherryl

    This is really good pilaf, I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  • Nataliya

    This is one delicious pilaf. I like how you mixed all the spices into this Ukrainian version. This went into my recipe book. Thank you!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Nataliya, all my favorite spices! It’s a great dish! ?

  • Cassie

    I was searching for a great pilaf recipe and found yours. I have to admit, I don’t think I even loved pilaf so much until I tried your recipe. This is one scrumptious meal. I will be making it again!

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