Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav)

Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav)Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav) is famous all over the world and served in some of the finest restaurants as a side dish to poultry or red meats.

Turkish rice pilaf with orzo is a simple side dish you can serve with almost anything.

A simple and very effective side dish that is packed full of flavor in its own right.

Rice pilaf, also known as pilav, polao, pilau, and polo is rice cooked in liquid (usually water or broth) that has a fluffy texture and is served as a side or a main dish.

How To Make Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav) With Step-By-Step Instructions

Pilaf can be made with simple white rice or with additions of spices and flavorful broth.

My Turkish Pilav with orzo is so delicious.

A rich, buttery, and pillow-soft little side dish.

Sehriyeli Pilav, as it’s known in Turkey is simple to put together – only a few humble ingredients.

Rice of course, but also the wonderful Orzo.

This particular pilaf is cooked with butter, oil, and orzo.

It’s a nice side to serve with grilled meats, stewed dishes, and anytime you would serve plain rice.

Using Baldo or Arborio rice, you can make a bowl of fluffy rice with a nutty flavor and aroma.

Proper Turkish rice is also buttery, so make sure to cook it in butter first.

Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav)


  • Butter (1 tbsp)
  • Olive Oil (1 tsp)
  • Orzo Pasta (50 grams), 1/4 cup
  • Baldo Rice (400 grams), 2 cups raised and drained
  • Water (2 cups), or also used chicken stock
  • Salt to taste


  1. On low-medium heat, melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add the oil.
  2. Stir in the orzo and cook for 1 minute, till it changes color (be careful not to let it burn).
  3. Add the Baldo rice and continue to stir till it changes color and all the rice is coated in butter.
  4. Pour in the hot water or liquid, add salt, and stir. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Do not stir during this time.
  6. Remove from heat, and keeping the lid on, allow to stand for 5 mins.
  7. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Turkish Rice Pilaf With Orzo Recipe (Sehriyeli Pilav)

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