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.