Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf

Fragrant and fluffy Success® Basmati Rice grains pair perfectly with spices, raisins and crunchy, toasted almonds in this delightfully flavorful Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf.

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Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice or Success® White Rice
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • This flavor-packed Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf is ready in just 3 easy steps! With its soft and fluffy grains mixed with crunchy, toasted almonds we guarantee it’ll be a family favorite.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions adding bouillon cube and cinnamon stick to water. Remove cinnamon stick after rice is cooked.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions, raisins, coriander and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Stir in cooked rice, almonds and cilantro.

    Recipe Tip

    For a completely vegetarian dish, replace the cube of chicken bouillon with a vegetable one.

Flavors Galore

Great as a side dish or a vegetarian main course, this Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Made with fragrant and fluffy basmati rice, raisins, toasted almonds and spices, such as cumin, cinnamon and coriander, it has a wonderful combination of flavors and textures that your family is sure to love.

Enjoy this dish as is, or pair it with chicken or meat for a heartier option. For other tasty pilafs, try our Creamy Saffron Rice Pilaf or this delicious Cumin Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cinnamon Rice Pilaf.

Rice Pilaf vs. Rice Dish

You may be wondering what makes a rice dish a “pilaf” and not simply a regular rice dish. Pilaf refers to the type of dish as well as to the cooking method. Pilafs are generally made of grains that are cooked in a broth or stock for added flavor instead of plain water. This method ensures that the grains absorb more flavor, making them perfect to pair with your favorite veggies or meats. Most pilaf recipes also include spices and aromatics, such as onion, in the cooking. Try this tasty method in your next rice dish for a flavorful touch.

Other Recipe Inspiration

Try out this vegetarian meatloaf recipe for a meatless way to make a classic dish that everyone can enjoy!

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