Middle Eastern Raisin Rice

Middle Eastern Raisin Rice created by PalatablePastime

A twist on a Middle East recipe with a splash of Afghan and Central Asia.

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  • Wash rice well. Place 2 cups rice in a rice maker (or pot), add 4 cups water, or enough water to just cover the rice with no grains sticking out.
  • Add raisins, salt, cinnamon, saffron (optional) and then drizzle olive oil around in a circle over the rice mixture. Mix well with spoon so rice and ingredients are blended together. There should be enough cinnamon added to give off a strong scent of cinnamon. Adjust amount as needed.
  • Cook rice in rice maker or pot and after rice is cooked, stir ingredients together one more time. Spoon onto large platter and serve with plain, nonfat yogurt.
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"A twist on a Middle East recipe with a splash of Afghan and Central Asia."
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  1. nekjevic
    Turned out great :-) Done with Himalayan Red Rice. Read Tweaks for guide.
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  2. nekjevic
    Used Himalayan Red rice and Raisins, Himalayan Pink Salt. Cleaned the rice, then rinsed it a few times, then brought it to the boil, stirred a few times until it reached boiling point, then put lid, left it simmering for a total of around 25 minutes, while stirring occassionally. Turned off gas once the water was absorbed and let it rest for another 2 minutes, then put it in the bowls to serve. Grated cheese is optional, personally, I did not use it. Nice and juicy plump raisins, rice also grew and become "juicy". In the pot it started to "lump" when stirred near the end but never got stuck on the bottom, and the grains were not stuck either, although similar to "sticky rice", but not really. Next time I will add slivers of almond and pine nuts to make it more traditional, but I was out of stock. The water was 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups to 1 rice.
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  3. casperscrafts
    Excellent! Tasty, easy and fast. I tried another recipe that had chopped onions in it as well. This really fit the bill! Thank you.
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  4. petlover
    really great! I loved this as did my son. I made this in the rice cooker exactly as directed-I liked the directions to check the water and see if it just covers completely-that direction made me take of a few Tbs-the rice then came out perfect. I also doubled the raisins ( we love them)Thanks for this awesome recipe-I will make again
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  5. cherylyap81
    Awesome, easy to make recipe!! thanks for sharing! absolutely delicious. it went sooo well with tabouli AND with chicken kebabs. yum!
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