Delicious and Easy Kazaki Nut Pilaf

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m honored to share with you my special recipe – Kazaki Oreshki Plov (also known as Kazaki Nut Pilaf). Originating from the Middle East, this dish is a perfect comfort food that’s full of earthy and aromatic flavors. The pilaf recipe is infused with a delightful blend of dried fruits, including prunes and raisins, as well as pistachio nuts for added texture and richness.

Growing up in Israel, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a wide range of cuisines from different cultures, including the Middle Eastern region. From my early years in my grandmother’s kitchen to my professional culinary journey, I have learned to appreciate the beauty and complexity of this traditional dish.

My version of Kazaki Oreshki Plov is a fusion of different variations that I’ve experimented with over the years, passionately refining it until it has become one of my signature dishes. With the perfect blend of aromatic spices such as nutmeg and turmeric, this beef rice pilaf will leave you speechless.

Whether you’re planning a dinner party or simply creating an exciting weekday meal for your family, this recipe is guaranteed to impress your guests or loved ones. So join me on this culinary adventure and let’s make Kazaki Oreshki Plov together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kazaki Oreshki Plov  (Kazaki Nut Pilaf)
Kazaki Oreshki Plov (Kazaki Nut Pilaf)

If you are a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine, you’re going to love this recipe for Kazaki Oreshki Plov (Kazaki Nut Pilaf). It’s a beef and rice pilaf that’s loaded with flavors and textures that will have your taste buds buzzing with every bite.

But what makes this recipe truly unique is the addition of pistachio nuts, dried prunes, and raisins that add a natural sweetness along with an extra crunchy texture. The combination of these ingredients creates a harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors which is typical of Middle Eastern dishes.

The pilaf also features an aromatic blend of nutmeg, turmeric, and salt, which marry beautifully with the basmati rice. The fragrant spices add depth to the dish while providing additional health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties.

This dish fulfills all expectations one looks for in a rice pilaf recipe: rich flavor, varied textures, and easily accessible ingredients which means that this recipe is simple yet elegant. One can’t help but be impressed with the beautiful presentation it has on any dinner table.

So, if you’re looking to impress your guests or just want to indulge in a flavorful meal, give this Kazaki Oreshki Plov (Kazaki Nut Pilaf) recipe a try. Your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 The perfectly cooked basmati rice is infused with an irresistible nutty fragrance.
The perfectly cooked basmati rice is infused with an irresistible nutty fragrance.

Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll need to make this Kazaki Oreshki Plov, also known as Kazaki Nut Pilaf.


  • Beef (1 lb): This recipe calls for beef, but feel free to swap it out for lamb, chicken or even vegetable broth if you’re vegan or vegetarian. The protein, whatever it may be, is what provides heartiness and depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Basmati Rice (2 cups): Be sure to use basmati rice in this recipe as it gives the pilaf a fragrant aroma when cooked. Rinse with cold water several times until the water runs clear before cooking. This removes excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.
  • Water (4 1/2 cups): The rice will cook in a mixture of water and beef stock for added flavor – infusing them with spices that make this dish oh so satisfying!
  • Salt (1 tsp): Salt enhances flavor, brings out sweet and earthy flavors, and tones down bitterness. Add more or less to taste.
  • Dried prunes (⅓ cup) and raisins (½ cup): These dried fruit provide pops of sweetness throughout the dish that balance the savory beef and fragrant spices.
  • Pistachio nuts (½ cup): Pistachios give this dish crunch texture and a distinctive nutty flavor.
  • Nutmeg (½ tsp), turmeric(½ tsp) : These spices provide nuanced flavors that are vital in pilaf recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 The toasted hazelnuts and aromatic herbs elevate the flavor and texture of this hearty pilaf.
The toasted hazelnuts and aromatic herbs elevate the flavor and texture of this hearty pilaf.

Get ready to cook, friends! This pilaf recipe is sure to be a hit at your next family dinner or gathering. Here’s how to make it:


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pound beef, chopped into small chunks
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried prunes, roughly chopped

Step 1: Cook the Beef Chunk!

Heat up a large pot with oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add chopped beef and cook until browned for about 3 minutes.

Step 2: Add Flavor!

To the pot, add nutmeg, turmeric, and salt. Stir the mixture around in order to evenly distribute spices.

Step 3: Rice is Nice!

Add the rinsed basmati rice into the pot and stir well so that the rice is evenly coated with the spice mixture.

Step 4: More Water, Please!

Pour in 4 and ½ cups of water, increase heat to high and bring everything to a boil.

Step 5: Reduce Heat!

Once you’re boiling reduce the heat to low, place lid on top, and let simmer for about 20–25 minutes.

Step 6: Dried Fruits are Always Healthy Addition!

After simmering for 15 minutes, add the raisins, pistachio nuts, and dried prunes on top of rice.

Step 7: Cover It Up!

Re-cover the pot with lid and continue to cook for an additional 5–10 minutes or until all of liquid is absorbed.

And voila! Your kazaki oreshki plov is now ready to serve.

Make sure to tag me @chefehud when you share pictures of your delicious creation.

Substitutions and Variations

 This delicious and hearty meal is guaranteed to satisfy your stomach and soul.
This delicious and hearty meal is guaranteed to satisfy your stomach and soul.

One of the greatest things about cooking is that you can experiment with ingredients and create your own twist to a classic recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations for the Kazaki Oreshki Plov recipe that you can try:

– Nuts: If you can’t find pistachio nuts, you can use almonds, cashews, or walnuts instead. You can also mix different nuts for a more complex flavor.

– Dried Fruits: Instead of dried prunes and raisins, you can use apricots, cranberries, or dates. Make sure to adjust the quantity according to your preference.

– Spices: Nutmeg and turmeric add warmth and depth of flavor to this rice pilaf recipe. You can also add cinnamon, cumin, or cardamom for a more pungent taste.

– Vegetarian/Vegan Option: To make this recipe vegetarian/vegan-friendly, simply omit the beef and use vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor. You can also add chickpeas or tofu if desired.

– Gluten-Free Option: Basmati rice is naturally gluten-free but make sure to check the packaging if there’s any cross-contamination risks. For a low-carb version, consider substituting rice with cauliflower rice.

– Heat Level: If you like spicy food, add red pepper flakes or jalapenos for an extra kick. On the other hand, if you prefer mild flavors, skip the spices altogether.

Remember that cooking is all about creativity and making something delicious out of what you have on hand. So don’t be afraid to experiment and customize your own version of Kazaki Oreshki Plov based on these substitutions and variations!

Serving and Pairing

 The flavors of saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg intermingle to produce a decadent dish.
The flavors of saffron, cinnamon, and nutmeg intermingle to produce a decadent dish.

When it comes to serving kazaki oreshki plov, I highly recommend that you serve it in large portions as a main dish. This rice pilaf is hearty and filling, perfect for a cozy family dinner or a gathering with friends.

For a complete meal, you can pair this dish with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables on the side. The sweetness of the dried fruit in the plov pairs perfectly with the bitterness of arugula, making it a winning combination. You could also add some protein on the side such as grilled chicken or lamb kabobs to balance out the flavors.

If you’re serving kazaki oreshki plov at a dinner party or special event, consider pairing it with a bold red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The full-bodied flavors of these wines will complement the savory taste of the beef rice pilaf.

On the other hand, for non-alcoholic drinks, you can serve mint tea, lemonade or even sparkling water to cleanse your palate and enhance the flavor experience.

In conclusion, kazaki oreshki plov is a versatile dish that will satisfy any craving for Middle Eastern flavors. Experimenting with different sides and beverages will ensure an unforgettable dining experience that leaves your taste buds tingling with delight.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The nutty flavor of the roasted walnuts adds a delicious crunch and rich taste to the pilaf.
The nutty flavor of the roasted walnuts adds a delicious crunch and rich taste to the pilaf.

Now, if you are concerned about whether this Kazaki Oreshki Plov can be prepared in advance, stored or reheated, worry no more. This recipe is an ideal choice for those who love to plan ahead or enjoy leftovers.

Firstly, the Kazaki Nut Pilaf can be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated once it has cooled completely. To reheat your dish, place it in a skillet over medium heat until heated through. You may also add a tablespoonful of water to moisten it slightly.

Secondly, this dish freezes very well! Simply store the cooled pilaf in an airtight container or plastic bag and freeze for up to three months. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat as directed above.

You might be surprised to learn that reheated plov tastes even better than when it was first made. The flavors have had more time to mingle and the rice has had time to absorb some of the moisture from the dish. Plus, it’s a great way to have a delicious meal without all of the fuss and prep time.

However, if you still have some leftovers that haven’t been consumed after a few days, don’t be discouraged. The Plov’s dried fruit (dried prunes and raisins) will retain moisture and preserve freshness longer. You can store them covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Overall, with its impressive make-ahead capabilities and flexibility for storage methods, Kazaki Oreshki Plov is not just a delightful meal but also an excellent recipe for meal planning or batch cooking sessions.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The balance of sweet and savory flavors make this a perfect
The balance of sweet and savory flavors make this a perfect

If you want to make sure you have a truly delicious Kazaki Oreshki Plov, let me offer you some tips that can help you get perfect results.

First, when preparing the rice, be sure to rinse it thoroughly until the water runs clear. This will remove excess starch from the rice grains and prevent them from becoming sticky. I strongly recommend using basmati rice since it has a unique fragrance, flavor, and texture that blends well with the other ingredients in the dish.

Secondly, for the perfect beef plov, it is important to brown the meat well. Don’t be in a rush to skip this step; browning enhances the flavor and aroma of the meat.

Thirdly, using homemade broth or stock instead of water gives an additional layer of depth to this recipe. Adding a dash of nutmeg can also elevate the flaovor profile of this dish while turmeric adds a mild earthiness and a nice yellowish hue.

Fourthly, it is best not to stir the rice while cooking. Stirring can cause the grains to break down and turn mushy. If possible, use a heavy-based pot with a tight-fitting lid that traps steam and helps cook the rice evenly.

Lastly, before serving your kazaki oreshki plov you can garnish with more dried fruit or chopped pistachio nuts for a bit of sweet crunchiness that compliments the savory flavors of beef rice pilaf recipe perfectly.

By following these tips, your Kazaki Oreshki Plov can become a showstopper dish impressing any guests or family members you decide to serve it to.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Kazaki Oreshki Plov Recipe is a fantastic dish that will have you yearning for more with every bite. Its unique combination of pistachio nuts, dried prunes, raisins, nutmeg, turmeric, and salt with basmati rice, and tender beef will transport your taste buds to a Middle Eastern paradise. If you’re looking for a recipe that will impress your friends and family and make them ask for seconds, look no further!

With the easy-to-follow steps in this article, creating this delicious rice pilaf recipe has never been simpler. You can even tweak the ingredients to your liking or try some of our recommended variations.

Make sure to experiment with serving and pairing options that best fit your preferences. With proper storage and reheating techniques, you can enjoy Kazaki Oreshki Plov for several days.

Finally, remember our essential tips for perfect and consistent results every time you prepare this delicacy. Don’t hesitate any longer; surprise everyone at your next gathering with Kazaki Oreshki Plov from the Pinterest recipe list!

Kazaki Oreshki Plov (Kazaki Nut Pilaf)

Kazaki Oreshki Plov (Kazaki Nut Pilaf) Recipe

Recipe is from the Best Eastern Dostyk hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From my grandmother's recipe box and dates from the '60's.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Central Asian
Calories 310.4 kcal


  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried prune, pitted
  • 1 cup pistachio nut


  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Add rest of ingredients. Simmer for 20-30 min until water is absorbed.
  • Use fork to fluff rice and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 215gCalories: 310.4kcalCarbohydrates: 54.1gProtein: 7.4gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 298mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 11g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Asian, Beginner Cook, Brunch, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Middle Eastern, Rice, Savory, Toddler-Friendly, Very Low Carbs, White Rice
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