A Touch of Persian Rice

Isn’t it amazing how a few spices change rice to a completely new dish?  How many ways do you make rice?  What do you serve it with?

Touch of Persian Rice


1 cup raw Basmati rice

2 tablespoons hazelnut oil

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup water

1 cup vegetable broth

1/2 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup coarsely chopped cashews, toasted

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 onion chopped and browned

1/2  cup fresh orange juice


In a saucepan on medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Add the rice and saute, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.

Stir in the  spices and continue to saute for 1 minute.

Stir in the water and vegetable broth.

Cover, and gently simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water absorbed.

In a serving bowl, mix together the hot rice and dried fruit.

Add the cashews, celery, onion, orange juice, and the remaining tablespoon of oil.

Stir well.

Fried Rice – My Way

I usually start making one rice dish and end up with fried rice.  My intentions are honorable.  For example, this was to be a Pecan Rice Rissoto with Apples.  Sounds good, even better than fried rice….? I think, it does.  I usually add some cranberries and have that winning combination of apples, cranberries and nuts.

As you can see, this has none of the above other than nuts and even the nuts are a different kind.  This does have peas, onions, cashews and carrots and most important egg.  This also is filled with flavor from the soy sauce.  I tasted it before dinner and then had a bowl filled with goodness.  I could not wait for dinner time.

Vegetable Fried Rice


  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 medium onions, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • soy sauce, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet, and sauté onion until translucent. Add cashews, carrots and peas. When carrots are almost tender, add cooked rice and seasonings.
  2. Pour into serving dish and serve.
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