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Basmati Pilaf with Almonds and Raisins (From Mellow Yellow, 5/07)

side dishes
Joe George
Prep Time
30 minutes
Number of Servings
makes 6 cups
2 tablespoons clarified butter
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups Basmati rice or other long grain rice
3 cups hot chicken broth
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup toasted almonds

Heat the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add the onion and garlic; saute over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the saffron, salt, and pepper; saute another minute. Stir in the rice and broth. Cover the pot and for 15 minutes. Remove the rice from the stove and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins and toast-ed almonds.