One-Pot Wonders

Sweet Rice Pilaf

Author Notes

This recipe is a healthy makeover of an Indian dessert, where I have replaced food color with grated carrot or sweet potato shavings.
Please note, if desired the syrup can be added with the water into a rice cooker and the rest of the dish can be completed in the rice cooker. —Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice Chronicles

  • Serves 6
  • 1 large sweet potato or two medium carrots
  • 1 cup dark maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup white rice (basmati or an Indian short grain variety)
  • 1 teaspoon saffron strands
  • few piece cinnamon (1 large stick broken)
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/3 cup dark raisins
In This Recipe
  1. Peel and grate the sweet potato or carrots and set aside
  2. Place the maple syrup in a large pan and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add in the sweet potato or carrots, saffron strands, cinnamon, cardamoms, pecans, cashew nuts and the raisins.
  4. Cover the mixture and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. The maple syrup mixture should be completely absorbed and the rice should be a pale saffron color, with darker orange streaks from the sweet potatoes or carrots.
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