Bhutanese Red Rice Recipes

Three-Grain Pilaf (Red Rice, Kalijira and Forbidden Rice)


By Gary Danko, Gary Danko Restaurant



  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon
  • minced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Kalijira Rice Pilaf:
  • 1 cup of Kalijira Rice
  • Forbidden Rice Pilaf:


  1. Prepare the three grains separately
  2. Red Rice Pilaf:
  3. In a 1 quart sauce pan heat the oil. Over medium flame, add onions and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes, making sure not to color. Stir in rice and coat with oil until rice is hot. Stir in salted boiling water. Simmer, covered with a lid, over low heat for 15 minutes and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Kalijira Rice Pilaf:
  5. Use same ingredients and method as above for Red Rice.
  6. Forbidden Rice Pilaf:
  7. Repeat the same method as above, using 1 3/4 cups boiling water, as well as, the other ingredients. Let the Forbidden Rice simmer for 30 minutes. Mix the 3 pilafs together and serve immediately.

Further Information:

Serves 6