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Baked Anchovy Pilav   HT  MC Turkish  70mins plus standing


Turkish Name:  Hamsi Pilavi


Serves 4   Hot  Fish  Grains  Dried Fruit  Nuts  Herbs Main Course  Pilaf  Gluten Wheat Dairy free  Eggless  Turkey  Europe  Asia



250g/9oz Long Grain Rice

Boiling Water

2 teasp Salt

1 Onion, finely chopped

60ml/2fl.oz. Water

120ml/4fl.oz. Olive Oil

50g/2oz Pine Nuts

50g/2oz Sultanas

360ml/12fl.oz. Boiling Water

1 tbsp Sugar

1 teasp Ground Cinnamon

1 teasp Dried Thyme

1 tbsp Freshly chopped Mint

Salt and Pepper

900g/2lb Anchovy Fillets

2 tbsp Olive Oil



1. Place the rice in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. Add 2 teasp of salt, mix well then set side cool. 


2. Meanwhile place the chopped onions and  water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 


3. Add the olive oil and continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes. 


4. Drain the rice well, add to the onion mixture bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes. 


5. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6.  Add the sultanas, pine nuts, boiling water, sugar, cinnamon, thyme and mint to the saucepan. Mix well, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. 


6.  Meanwhile grease an ovenproof casserole and line the base and sides about 2/3rds of  the anchovy fillets skin side  down. 


7. Pile the rice mixture into the centre and then over the surface with the remainder of the anchovies, skin side up. Sprinkle a little olive oil over and bake for 30-40 minutes.



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Key techniques required to make this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


Freezing/Make ahead

Not suitable


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Main equipment required to make this Recipe


Chopping Knife


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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