Herbed Rice With Currants in Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

READY IN: 5hrs 2mins
Recipe by Gay Gilmore

A Persian recipe by Israeli chef Hanoch Bar Shalom. Kosher for Passover only for Sephardim. Bar Shalom suggests making a double amount of the currant mixture to save for garnishing salads, meats and poultry. That part of the recipe is kosher for everybody.

Top Review by NcMysteryShopper

Love this recipe! If you are looking for a flavorful rice dish, look no further. The seasoned currants really make this dish stand out. The mint was also a wonderful addition. The fresh herbs are a must for this recipe. I am not a big fan of dill, so I only used 1 Tablespoon; next time I would go with the 3 Tablespoons as indicated. Ultra Fab! Happy Birthday Gay!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the currants, vinegar, oil, thyme and garlic.
  2. Season with a generous amount of pepper.
  3. Let stand at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. Toast the pine nuts in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over low heat until lightly browned, 2 minutes.
  5. Watch them carefully; they burn easily.
  6. Cook the onions in oil until golden, stirring often.
  7. Add the rice and cook, stirring, an additional minute.
  8. Add the water and season with salt, pepper and cinnamon.
  9. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook covered over low heat until the water is absorbed, 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and let sit undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  11. Stir in the rest of the ingredients with a fork.
  12. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter and garnish with Seasoned Currants.

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