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Pakistani rice dishes are very popular in most regions of Pakistan, which is a major exporter and consumer of rice. Basmati is typically used, and rice dishes are sometimes eaten mixed with other dishes.

The most simple dish of Pakistani cuisine is plain cooked rice (chawal) eaten with dal (lentil). Khichdi is plain cooked rice cooked with dal. The Karhi chawal is plain cooked rice eaten with karhi. Biryani is cooked with beef, lamb, chicken, fish or shrimp.

Plain cooked rice

The rice is rinsed a few times in water and drained until the water turns from milky to clear. The rice should be soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. The unsoaked rice takes 25 minutes to parboil, whereas the soaked grains take only 15 minutes.[1] Rice should be parboiled till al dente. Place the presoaked rice into a pot with some cold tap water at a ratio of about 1 cup rice to 1.5 cups water. Cook the rice, with the pot lid open, at medium heat till the water is mostly evaporated and tiny pockets of air are visibly forming in the rice as the water level evaporates and goes down below the rice. Once the water is almost fully evaporated, turn the heat to its lowest possible setting and close the lid with as tight a seal as possible. The aim now is to let the last bit of water steam in the pot and the rice will become al dente in the steam, this usually takes anywhere from 3 to 7 minutes.

Rice dishes

The following is a list of most popular rice dishes in Pakistan.

Name Image Legume, pulses or main ingredient Description
Biryani rice and chicken,beef or mutton Biryani is a rice dish in which different spices and meat is used .
Hyderabadi biriyani
Kheer Milk and raisins kheer is made by cooking milk until it is concentrated to a certain thickness and then sugar and raisins are added
Khichdi rice
Khushka Rice
Plain cooked rice basmati or any type of rice it is made by just boiling rice
Saffron rice
Sindhi biryani
Spiced rice
Tehri Tehri is pictured left, served with kachumbar salad
Pulao Basmati rice with mutton, beef, or chicken.
Zeera rice Steamed rice, Zeera (cumin), Zeera powder, ginger-garlic paste, salt, oil, chana dal and red chillies.
Zarda Sugar, candied fruit Sweet dish of rice cooked in vegetable oil or butter, chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices

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