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Rice Pilaf with roasted nuts and dried fruits

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 186.7kcal
Author: Amira
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  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar.
  • 1 cup onion diced.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • A dash of ground cloves.
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice rinsed and drained. (Note1)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ghee.
  • 2 1/4 cup water or chicken stock. (Note2)
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste.

For the nut mixture:

  • 1 Tablespoons ghee or butter.
  • 1/2 cup raisins.
  • 1/4 cup dried apricot sliced.
  • 1/4 cup pistachios.
  • 1/2 cup almonds.


  • In a small bowl, soak raisins in some hot water for 15-20 minutes to get some of the sweetness out.
  • In a pan over medium heat, add sugar and keep stirring until it caramelizes.
  • Add diced onion and keep stirring for about 1 minutes.(Note3)
  • Add cinnamon, black pepper and ground cloves, stirring together.
  • Add rice salt and ghee, stir everything well together.
  • Pour in liquid then add tomato paste, stir well to dissolve.
  • Bring to a boil uncovered, reduce heat and simmer
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Make the nuts:
  • In a skillet melt ghee, add pistachios and almonds stir for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted, turn heat off.
  • Drain raisins and add to the hot skillet along with the dried apricot and toss everything together.
  • Serve rice on a platter garnished with nut mixture.


1) You can use any type of rice you like Basmati, short grain, brown just adjust the cooking liquid accordingly.
2) You can use any type of stock or even water,. In fact I like this recipe more with water.
3) Do not freak out if the caramel sticks to the pan it will all come off when we add liquids.
Nutrition Facts
Rice Pilaf with roasted nuts and dried fruits
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186.7
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 7.5mg3%
Sodium 332.1mg14%
Potassium 211.5mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 12.3g14%
Protein 3.6g7%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 186.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 7.5mg | Sodium: 332.1mg | Potassium: 211.5mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 12.3g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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