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Rice Pilaf

With the spices and the sweetness of the dried fruit combinations, this tasty side dish is a delight to the palate. It is a wonderful partner to any meat, fish or poultry dinner.
Course Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric or coriander, cumin, cinnamon
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice or basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups Kosher chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. dried fruit raisins or apricots
  • chopped almonds for garnish


  1. In a large pot, on medium heat, heat the oil and saute the garlic, onions and green peppers. When soft, add the turmeric, salt and black pepper. Mix for about 20 seconds to incorporate the seasonings. Add the rice, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
  2. When a little translucent, add the chicken stock, stirring constantly. When it comes to a boil lower heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 12-15 minutes. Do not stir. Remove from heat.
  3. Fluff the rice with a fork. At his point add the parsley and the dried fruit. Place in a pretty serving dish and sprinkle the almonds on top. Enjoy!