pi·​laf | \ pi-ˈläf How to pronounce pilaf (audio) , -ˈlȯf; ˈpē-ˌläf, -ˌlȯf How to pronounce pilaf (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pilaff \ pi-​ˈläf How to pronounce pilaff (audio) , -​ˈlȯf ; ˈpē-​ˌläf , -​ˌlȯf \ or pilau \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilau (audio) , -​ˈlȯ How to pronounce pilau (audio) , ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō , -​ˌlȯ ; Southern often  ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü , -​(ˌ)lō \ or pilaw \ pi-​ˈlō How to pronounce pilaw (audio) , -​ˈlȯ , ˈpē-​(ˌ)lō , -​ˌlȯ ; Southern often  ˈpər-​(ˌ)lü , -​(ˌ)lō \

Definition of pilaf

: a dish made of seasoned rice and often meat

Examples of pilaf in a Sentence

a serving of rice pilaf

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This goes great with coleslaw and baked potatoes or with rice pilaf and simply cooked vegetables. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 This goes great with coleslaw and baked potatoes or with rice pilaf and simply cooked vegetables. Julia Turshen, Washington Post, "Ritz crackers turn this fish into something special," 1 July 2019 This simple pilaf is an excellent base for a grain bowl. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "These quinoa salad recipes will help you make the ideal summer grain bowl," 24 June 2019 For a late breakfast or early lunch, meander over to Mimar Sinan, one of several nearby restaurants specializing in kuru fasülye, white beans stewed in olive oil and tomato sauce and served with rice pilaf. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Remove from the heat; keep covered and let the pilaf sit for 5 minutes. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 This rice dish is based on one of the most famous Persian polos (pilaf), known as sabzi polo. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "What Is Saffron, the World's Most Legendary Spice?," 5 Feb. 2018 Think seared wild salmon over rice pilaf topped with creamy avocado tzatziki sauce and fresh tomato oregano relish; shrimp and white wine squid-ink ravioli with prawns sautéed in a roasted garlic white wine butter sauce. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Providence is bursting with new things to see, do, and eat," 23 May 2018 Acú melded State Fair showmanship with genteel herbs and a roasted glaze over lamb with dark-meat luster on a bed of rice pilaf with pine nuts and crispy vermicelli. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of pilaf

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pilaf

Turkish & Persian; Turkish pilav, from Persian pilāv

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: a dish that is made of seasoned rice and vegetables and often meat

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