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Rice Pilaf (African)

From: “The Africa Kitchen” by Josie Stow and Jan Baldwin.

SERVES 4 -6

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 fresh chili pepper, chopped (to taste)
  • 4 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cardamom pods, seeds of
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup slivered almond
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and saute the onions until soft.

Stir in the rice and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes.

Add the raisins, chili, lime zest, cinnamon sticks, cardamon, salt and 4 cups of water and stir well.

Cover the pan and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.

Meanwhile, lightly toast the slivered almonds in a dry frying pan.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and fluff up the rice with a fork.

Stir in the almonds, parsley and season to taste before serving.