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?
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.