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    Jeweled Rice

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    Total Time:

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    1 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    1 hrs

    alvinakatz's Note:

    Takes some time to make, but tastes great and looks good. This is a sweeter dish. If you don't have barberries aka zereshk you can substitute 1/2 c dried cranberries. To make the recipe easier, you can use pre-roasted unsalted nuts, but it won't taste as good. I haven't tried this yet, but people tell me the crusty rice is the best part of this dish. Submitted for ZWT9. From Bon Appetit June 2013

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    1. 1
      Roast pistachios at 350 degrees for 4 minutes. Let cool and chop coarsely.
    2. 2
      Toast almonds golden brown at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes.
    3. 3
      Rinse rice in sieve until water runs clear to remove excess starch.
    4. 4
      Cook rice in boiling water 6-7 minutes stirring occasionally until rice has lengthened, but is still firm. Rinse rice and let cool.
    5. 5
      Boil 1 cup water & sugar in medium saucepan. When sugar is dissolved, add orange zest and carrots. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until carrots are tender 15-20 minutes. Drain carrots & zest, discarding syrup.
    6. 6
      Soak raisins and barberries in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain.
    7. 7
      Soak saffron in 1/4 cup hot water.
    8. 8
      Heat butter and 1 Tbl oil on medium heat in large skillet. Add onion and salt & cook 8-10 minutes until onions are soft and just beginning to brown.
    9. 9
      Add cardamom, cumin, tumeric and 1 Tbl of saffron mix. Cook approximately 1 minute until fragrant.
    10. 10
      Turn heat to low. Add barberries and raisins and cook about 3 minutes stirring frequently.
    11. 11
      Stir in nuts, orange/carrot mix and season with salt.
    12. 12
      In a large wide heavy pot, heat 3 Tbl oil on medium heat. Add half the rice; spread evenly. Evenly spread fruit/ nut/onion mix on top. Evenly spread remaining rice on top of that. Poke 4-5 holes with wooden spoon handle to the bottom of the pot. This will help steam escape and food cook more evenly.
    13. 13
      Drizzle remaining saffron mix over rice. Place a clean linen towel over pot and cover with tight fitting lid. Tie loose ends of the towel with a rubber-band,masking tape, or another method to the top of the lid, so it doesn't come near the stove top.
    14. 14
      Cook 5-8 minutes, until steam emerges. Reduce heat to low and cook 30-40 minutes without stirring until rice is tender. Bottom layer of rice will be brown and crisp.
    15. 15
      Place in large serving bowl, breaking crust into pieces.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 24, 2013


      First of all, this rice is gorgeous. It is also jam packed with flavor and textures. It does take a while to do all of the steps. I toasted the pistachios and almonds in the morning to get a little head start for dinner. I halved the recipe and it was just enough for four people. Great flavor and worth the effort. Made for the Soup-A-Stars during ZWT9

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    Nutritional Facts for Jeweled Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (110 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 495.5
    Calories from Fat 173
    Total Fat 19.3 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Cholesterol 10.1 mg
    Sodium 20.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 75.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 23.0 g
    Protein 7.5 g

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