American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of pilaf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Oriental dish consisting of rice boiled with mutton, kid, or fowl, and flavored with spices, raisins, butter, broth, etc. It is a favorite dish among Mohammedans everywhere, and its composition and preparation vary among the different tribes in Turkey, Arabia, Persia, Egypt, etc. It is eaten in Western countries with some variations, such as the addition of savory herbs and vegetables, and sometimes of beef or pork.
- n. alternative spelling of pilaf.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See pillau.
- n. rice cooked in well-seasoned broth with onions or celery and usually poultry or game or shellfish and sometimes tomatoes
“The rice is called pilau - mixed with raisins, pine nuts and chopped carrots.”
“In truth this Caucasian wine, although rather sour, accompanied by the boiled fowl, known as pilau -- has rather a pleasant taste about it.”
“If there was no food in the cupboard, she'd still manage to rustle up a feast – Bangladeshi food such as pilau rice, curry and korma.”
“It's known as pilou, perloo, polo, pilau or as we call it here, pilaf.”
“I'm here risking my head fighting the Americans, and he's eating chicken and pilau in Pakistan.”
“The pilau is done when the rice is tender but not mushy.”
“(I was no longer so enamoured of mutton pilau in ghee, * (* Native butter, cooking-fat.) you gather.)”
“And I do not only refer to the family table, with the paterfamilias presiding over a dinner of curry and pilau.”
“They dined on fresh-speared fish and freeze-dried vegetables and pilau rice, with two energy bars each for dessert.”
“Shira said ... moro was always my favorite restaurant in london, and the cookbooks are remarkably accessible. i'd particularly recommend the recipes for fish soup, slow-cooked fennel and pilau w/dill and broad beans.”
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