Tomato Pilaf (Domatesli Pilav)

Tomato Pilaf (Domatesli Pilav)
Tomato Pilaf (Domatesli Pilav)

1 cup rice, washed and drained
1 tomato, crushed or petite diced (1/2-2/3 cup)
2 tbsp butter/olive oil
1 tsp salt to taste
½ tsp sugar
1 ½ -2 cups hot water (preferably chicken stock or chicken bouillon)
Fresh parsley for garnish

Wash the rice several times with warm water and drain. Cover the rice with warm water and leave it for 15-20 minutes and drain. If you do not have time for this, just wash the rice and then drain.
In a medium saucepan, sauté butter/olive oil and tomatoes for about 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Then stir in rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add hot water (chicken stock/chicken bouillon), salt and sugar (If you leave the rice in water before cooking, use 1 ½ cup hot water otherwise use 2 cups).
Stir well and turn heat low when it boils. Close the lid and simmer till the rice absorbs all the water. Do not stir while cooking.
Let it cool for a while with the lid on. Before serving, stir well with a wooden spoon. Then place to a serving plate and garnish with fresh parsley.

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