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Saffron Rice Pilaf

  • Servings
  • Hands-on time
  • Total time
  • Budget
  • 4
  • 15 min
  • 45 min
  • $
Gatheredtable
adapted fromGourmet

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Directions

Prep: 1. Chop onion. 2. Soften saffron in 1 tablespoons hot water in a bowl. Make: 1. Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. 2. Fry almonds, stirring frequently, until golden, ~3 minutes. 3. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. 4. Fry onion in oil remaining in pot, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Transfer half of onion to a bowl. 5. Add rice to onion in pot and cook, stirring, until fragrant, ~2 minutes. 6. Add water, saffron mixture, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. 7. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until water is absorbed and rice is tender, 18-20 minutes. Let rice stand, covered, off heat 5 minutes. 8. While rice stands, stir almonds and raisins into bowl with onion. 9. Fluff rice with a fork and serve with almond mixture spooned on top.

Notes

The combination of textures in this really makes it shine. If you like to keep things more simple we recommend leaving the raisins out.

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