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Ukrainian Pork Plov (Rice Pilaf)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 470kcal
Cost $5


  • 500 grams Pork recommended to use the rib meat, but any part will work
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 2 Carrots shredded
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsp Seasoning Mixture
  • Vegetable Oil To coat the bottom of the pot

Seasoning Mixture

  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Coriander
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Curcuma
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper


  • In a pot on medium heat add the pork and cook until the outside is browned. You don't want to cook the pork fully through at this point.
  • Into the pot add the carrot, onion, and garlic, along with a pinch of salt and mix everything up. Saute everything for another minute.
  • Add the rice, tomato paste, and seasoning blend to the pot and stir. Cook everything for another minute or two, or until very fragrant.
  • Pour into the pot 4 cups (1 liter) of water and turn the heat up so you can bring it to a boil. Once boiling give everything a swirl, lower the heat to the lowest setting, and put the lid on. Cook for a half hour and do not open the pot at all.
  • After a half hour turn the heat off and let rest for 15 minutes, still without opening the lid.
  • Open the lid, give everything a good mix, and spoon into bowls to serve.


Plov stores well overnight as long as you put it covered into the refrigerator.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3478IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg