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pilaf Syllabification: pi·laf
Pronunciation: /pəˈläf/

Definition of pilaf in English:


A Middle Eastern or Indian dish of rice (or sometimes wheat) cooked in stock with spices, typically having added meat or vegetables.
Example sentences
  • Garam masala is mostly used with meat; to a lesser extent in poultry and rice dishes, such as pilafs and birianis; and only rarely in fish or vegetable dishes, for which its aroma is considered too strong.
  • The rice pilaf and many-hued grilled vegetables that come with it may not have the wow factor, but they are fresh, wholesome and nicely done.
  • You can use the leaves with tomatoes, beans, carrots, potatoes, pilafs, pasta salads, baked chicken, roast lamb, grilled meats - even fish and other seafood.


Early 19th century: Turkish pilâv from Persian pilāv (see pilau).

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