Thursday, November 10, 2011

Russian Plov (Pilaf)

We call this dish Plov, originally this is Uzbek dish, Uzbekistan is one of the former USSR republics and they cook amazing stuff!!! Originally you are supposed to use lamb in the recipe but I was too lazy to go to the store and buy lamb, so I made it with pork (turned out really good).

So, this is Uzbek pilaf (plov)
3 strips of bacon (uncooked and cut into small pieces)
500 gr (2 cups) stewing pork
1 big onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 bell pepper, cut
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 big carrots, sliced
1 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tb spoons olive oil

In a large pot heat the oil and put your bacon in it. Fry it for 3-4 minutes, then add the pork.
Fry the pork on high heat and then it's time for your onion and garlic, throw them in the pot and low the heat. Fry it stirring for 3-4 minutes, then add the carrots and celery, mix everything, add 1/2 cup of water, stir again, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, then add the rice and 2 more cups of water, cover it and let it simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the rice absorbs all the water.
 Add thr bell pepper, stir and salt to taste, also put the black pepper and crushed red pepper. Mix everything good, cover and let it simmer for another 10 minutes on low heat.
That's it! your Plov is ready to serve!!!!
 In the republic of Uzbekistan they eat this dish with their hands but it's too messy..... so it's better to use a fork :-) Enjoy!

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