Taj Mahal Rice Pilaf

Fragrant and fluffy Basmati grains pair perfectly with spices, raisins, and crunchy roasted almonds for a delightfully flavorful dish.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 Mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 5 Mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 Mins


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


  • This flavor-packed pilaf is ready in just 4 easy steps and will be a fast favorite with its soft and fluffy grains mixed with crunchy roasted almonds.

    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

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

    Step 3

  • Add cumin, coriander, raisins, and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and golden-colored, about 10 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Stir in cooked rice, almonds, and cilantro.

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, spices like cumin, cinnamon, and coriander, and toasted almonds, you’ll love the flavorful combination of perfectly cooked grains that are soft mixed with the crunchy almond kick.

Enjoy it as is or pair it with chicken or meat, or add cubed chicken and/or veggies to the mix for an even 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 dish a “pilaf” dish over a regular rice dish. Well, pilaf is a culinary term that refers to not just the type of dish, but the cooking method as well, which is usually 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 spices, veggies, or meats. Try this tasty method in your next rice dish for a flavorful touch.