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Jeweled Rice

Jeweled Rice

Jeweled Rice

Saffron strands
1/2 cup hot water
3 cups Basmati rice
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons kosher salt
2 cups shredded carrots
Avocado or vegetable oil for frying
1 onion, finely diced
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup raw pistachios
1/3 cup barberries
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup candied orange peel

  • Place a pinch of saffron strands in a bowl and cover with hot water., then set aside to steep.
  • Place rice in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Rinse four to five times until the water is fairly clear.
  • Cover the rice with cold water and soak for at least one hour.
  • Drain water from rice and place in a large pot.
  • Pour enough water over the rice, so that the water is at least 1 inch above the rice.
  • Add kosher salt and olive oil and bring the rice to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • When all the water has been absorbed, reduce the heat to low.
  • Fluff the rice, then add the shredded carrots onto the rice.
  • Pour the saffron water over the carrots, cover with a dish towel or paper towel and a tight fitting lid. Let steam for 25-30 minutes.
  • In a frying pan, warm oil over medium heat, then add onions and sauté until caramelized. Then set aside.
  • In the same frying pan, toast the almonds and pistachios over low heat. Then set aside.
  • Warm a little oil to the frying pan and set over medium heat. Add raisins and barberries and sauté lightly. Set aside.
  • Add orange peels to the frypan and sauté lightly. Set aside.
  • Place hot rice on a large serving platter and arrange onions, almonds, pistachios, barberries, raisins and orange peel in a pretty pattern.

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