Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Made this up the other night. Turkish Rice-a-Roni! The Ankara city treat!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: If using spaghetti, break up the strands into small 1/4" pieces using a rolling pin.
  2. Heat up 3 tablespoons of butter on medium heat until the butter smells nutty but NOT burnt.
  3. Sautè the rice with the orzo, leek (or onion), cinnamon stick and allspice until rice grains and pasta glisten and are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato and broth; bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 18-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  6. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter on low-medium heat and lightly toast the almonds.
  7. Stir in the raisins and dried apricots, stirring until dried fruit is very slightly plump. This will only take a minute.
  8. Set the almond/dried fruit mixture aside.
  9. Once the rice is done cooking, stir in the almond/dried fruit, parsley and mint.
  10. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove cinnamon stick before serving.
Most Helpful

This tastes far better than that box mix by the same name. I used chicken broth and served with lemon garlic chicken. I just love dried apricots with chicken and know that this was going to be a hit when I first read it. It couldn't be much easier and the wonderful fragrance from the pot fills the kitchen and makes you wish you could bottle it. Thanks so much Cookgirl. :D

Annacia September 28, 2012

Delicious rice!!! I loved the sweetness of the apricots in this. I made ours gluten free by using crushed up penne rice pasta. I used unsalted butter, cooking onion, canned & fresh tomato, homemade chicken stock, slivered almonds, washed yellow raisins, sea salt, and the rest! I served this with Greek Lemon Chicken Kabobs With Mint Marinade, Fresh Yogurt Sauce for Grilled Meat or Fish, no dill & a version of Spinach Salad With Feta Cheese for a very tasty meal. I would definitely make this again. Made for NA*ME Tag! Come play!!

UmmBinat February 24, 2011

I just needed a quick rice dish to go with my meal & randomly chose this. And glad I did!! It was better than my main! This had lots of flavour & we liked the mint. I also used homemade chicken stock, yellow onion, but I didn't have any nuts or dried fruit on hand. Didn't matter though - very good! THanks!

Mellowpuff February 15, 2009