Plov - Rice and Raisin Casserole Dish

"This recipe came from my Russian grandmother over 90 years ago. The rice recipe was made to be served as a dessert."
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  • In a large cooking pot, add water, rice, salt and lemon juice and bring to boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender but still firm; DO NOT OVERCOOK.
  • Drain rice in a colander and then rinse off slightly with hot water; drain well.
  • In a bowl, add raisins and pour some boiling water over to cover and let stand for about 1 minute; drain well.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a buttered 9 x 9 inch casserole dish, place a layer (about 1/2 inch thick), then a sprinkling of raisins, a sprinkling of melted butter, and a sprinkling of sugar and salt.
  • Repeat layering, a total of 3 layers.
  • Pour whipping cream over the top.
  • Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 325 F oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Stir once during half time of baking.
  • Serve warm or cold with milk or additional whipping cream.

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  1. Hi! It is great recipe for Russian rice pudding or "Risovaya zapekanka".Plov is entirely different dish made from rice, meat (traditionally lamb), carrots, raisins and bunch of spices. I thought I'd let you know.
  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE! It's OUTSTANDING! I loved the way it went together! Another time I might even use rounded measures for the raisins! Great served warm, but especially nice even when cold! Definitely a keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup cooking game]


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