Definition of pilau in English:

pilau

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Pronunciation: /pɪˈlaʊ
 
, ˈpiːlaʊ/
(also pulao)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A Middle Eastern or Indian dish of rice (or sometimes wheat) cooked in stock with spices, typically having added meat or vegetables.
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    • There's also oxtail on the menu, as well as rice pilau, and, if you call ahead, the owner will make ginger beer.
    • Although most of the foods are traditional, new additions like Kashmiri naan and pulao have been added to the list in recent times.
    • Festive rice dishes include pulao, a fragrant dish of mildly spiced rice with peas or dried fruits, and biryani, which consists of rice and meat marinated in yogurt and spices.

Origin

early 17th century: Persian pulaw, pilāv, Hindi pulāv, from Sanskrit pulāka 'ball of rice', probably from Dravidian. Compare with pilaf.

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