What is the difference between pilaf and risotto?

Chef's answer
Pilaf is a dry loose grained rice dish using, commonly, basmati rice. It is intended to be light and flavoured by separate meat or vegetable dishes served on the side. Risotto uses a European grown rice which is smaller grained, starchier and round in shape..
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Pilaf (US spelling), or pilau (UK spelling) is a rice dish, or in some regions, a wheat dish, whose recipe usually involves cooking in stock or broth, adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat, and employing some technique for achieving cooked grains that do not adhere..
People sometimes make rice pilaf with orzo, but this is not gluten free. People with gluten-related disorders should only eat rice based products that carry the label "gluten free." They should avoid products with the label "contains wheat" or a label that lists any ingredients that contain gluten..
It is likely that Pilaf was invented in India some time after the importation of Rice to the Indus River valley. It is believed that the earliest forms of our modern word "Pilaf" are the Indo Aryan words "Pula," (meaning a dish of rice &.
How do you make rice pilaf?
  • Heat oil in a skillet.
  • Add onions and other aromatics, like garlic.
  • Add rice.
  • Add liquid.
  • Cover and let cook.
  • Rest the rice.
  • Fluff the rice.
  • Add anything else you want.
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    The main difference between "rice" and "rice pilaf" is the cooking technique. Rice is typically cooked in boiling water without any flavorings added. Rice Pilaf, by definition, is sauteed with aromatics before cooking in broth to create seasoned rice with more defined rice grains..
    Those flecks of browned butter and toasted egg noodles throughout the pilaf create the most warm and nutty flavor. Olive oil doesn't give you that nuttiness. Chicken or vegetable broth are also essential.
    So any rice dish which is cooked with meat (with other additions depending on the terrain and culture it belongs to) and where the grains are separate is technically a pilaf/pulao. ... As the pilaf/pulao travelled to India, it gained in spices and seasoning.
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