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    Nutty Basmati Pilaf

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    50 mins

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    canarygirl's Note:

    Nutty, slightly sweet in flavor, this rice pilaf dish beautifully complements any Indian meal. Translated from "Cocina Tradicional India" by Rafi Fernandez.

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    1. 1
      Wash rice in a sieve under cold running water until water runs mostly clear.
    2. 2
      Place rice in a bowl with fresh cold water, and let sit 30 minutes.
    3. 3
      Drain well.
    4. 4
      Heat oil in a larger sauté pan, and lightly sauté the onion and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the rice, cumin seeds, coriander, cardamom and bay leaf.
    6. 6
      Toss rice to coat well with the seasonings, and lightly sauté 2 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add broth, and season with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes.
    9. 9
      (Do not lift lid.) Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes before lifting lid.
    10. 10
      Add nuts and toss to combine.
    11. 11
      Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
    12. 12
      For Vegetarians use the vegetable broth.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 07, 2003


      Very nutty and exoticly spicy, this was a real treat! Easy to make and cooks perfectly, producing nice fluffy rice. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • on December 12, 2003


      A nice flavor packed change of pace from plain rice. I made the recipe exactly as printed and it came out perfectly. I added toasted hazelnuts at the end. We had this as a side dish with Canary Island Style Pollo en Adobo#44219. Although they are from separate continents, the pair went well together.

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    • on May 18, 2009


      Although I did not use the spice blend recommended, I wanted to leave a review. I did not believe that you could cook this rice in ten minutes - but I did and the results were perfect. Tender, fluffy rice. The water to rice ratio was perfect. I used garlic and onion and they flavored it nicely. I was having a strongly seasoned meat so I wanted the fragrant rice, but no spice competition. Superb recipe. Next time, I'll add the spices.

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    Nutritional Facts for Nutty Basmati Pilaf

    Serving Size: 1 (233 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 411.9
    Calories from Fat 162
    Total Fat 18.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 503.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
    Sugars 2.8 g
    Protein 10.5 g

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