Wild And Basmati Rice Pomegranate Pilaf

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Author Notes: It's been a long time since I have made this recipe, I used pomegranate in many different recipes both sweet and savory, I served this pilaf with butterflied cornish hens prepared a l'orange. I mix basmati and wild rice in equal parts, boiling each separately, then a quick saute with celery,onion,carrot and pecans adding the pomegranate in the last minute of cooking. I finish it off with either fresh or dried mint. This is also delicious with lamb.sdebrango

Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup cooked wild rice
  • 3/4 cup cooked basmati rice
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 medium size stalk celery minced
  • 1 medium/small carrot minced
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tbs fresh mint chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. You will need a pot of boiling salted water, when boiling add the wild rice first, cook for 20 minutes or until tender but still toothsome (wild rice has a lot of texture). Pour into strainer, rinse with cold water and set aside. Add more water to the pot, salt and bring to a boil now add the basmati rice and cook for 15 minutes , test a piece of the rice it should be cooked through but not mushy.. rinse and drain. Mix both types of rice together. Set aside. NOTE: I used 1/2 cup each of the uncooked rice.
  2. Add the butter to saute pan, now add the onion, celery, carrot and cook until they start to soften. Add the pecans and continue cooking until it is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Add rice and combine let it cook for approximately 3-5 minutes, add the pomegranate and mint, stir to combine.
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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

This looks so delicious sdebrango! Mint is the perfect herb here, too. Saved!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Emily, I agree, mint is just right in this. Thank you again.

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Healthy, Yummy and Beautiful looking Suzanne!!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Kukla, it is really good and I love when something is healthful and tastes good too!

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almost 2 years ago creamtea

Oh yum, SDB

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you creamtea!

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almost 2 years ago Madhuja

Oh my goodness, this would be such a nice side dish for Christmas! I love all the flavors you have going on in here!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you, it does kind of look like Christmas in a bowl. The flavors are really nice together. I love the slightly sweet/tart crunch of the pomegranate with the rice.

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about 2 years ago Panfusine

Love this sdebrango..a fabulous reason to go out & buy some wild rice!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, could do with some of your expert spicing. I love your biryani too, with kale really dealicious!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

OMG! I almost made a similar pilaf to serve with out lamb chops last night but with almonds. Love this sdbrango!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Pat, it goes perfectly with lamb, I think the almonds would be wonderful also.