Pistachio, Golden Raisin, Cardamom-Scented Pilaf

January 29, 2011
Test Kitchen Notes

With crunch from toasted pistachios and the occasional burst of plump raisin, this nutty pilaf is a sweet and savory delight, gently-perfumed with cardamom. My rice took a good 10 minutes longer to cook than the recipe notes, but then I did use brown basmati instead of the brown jasmine Sundayinthekitchen calls for. Regardless, it was super-delicious alongside roast chicken and I’d happily make it again. —Midge

  • Serves 4, generously
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons butter, organic if possible
  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock, homemade if possible
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pistachios,roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, rehydrated in hot water for two minutes and drained
  • 1 dash sea salt or kosher (or to taste)
In This Recipe
  1. In a heavy, medium sized saucepan, heat butter over low. When it begins to melt, add onion, spices and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add rice and cook, stirring vigorously, until the rice is coated in the butter and spices and smells toasted, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add the raisins and pistachios, stir, cover and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes.

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