Delicious. I used white Basmati rice and agree water is good in this one. I used sea salt to taste and omitted the hazelnuts as I didn't have any on hand and was serving it with a dish that contained blanched toasted sliced almonds anyway. Sadly I had to use the bright orange dried apricots but don't recommend them (ie. use unsulphured). I used brown raisins but both kinds would work. I would make this again and would like to try it with the hazelnuts and yellow raisins next time. Made for NA*ME Tag!
I cut the recipe in 1/2 with the only change being I used Macadamia nuts, I opted for water over broth because I wanted that saffron to come through which I was generous with. Thank you for a great side that was like eating dessert! Thank You! Oh I just remembered I didn`t go through all the rinsing and drying I just started at step #2.