Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds

A delicious recipe that’s easy to throw together.

Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds
Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds

Pilaf always begins with a grain—often rice. But the ingredients can vary: One day add dried fruits and sweet spice; another, vegetables and herbs. This version overflows with flavor.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”40 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 12 dried apricot halves
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup jasmine or white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium
  • chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (garnish)


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”55 minutes, plus standing”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Snip apricots with kitchen shears into small slivers (you need about 1/3 cup).[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Melt margarine in large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion, rice, cardamom, salt, and pepper until
rice is toasted, about 8 minutes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Stir in broth, raisins, almonds, and apricots and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until broth is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with fork. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.[/step-item]

[cooking_tip]Use 1 cup brown rice instead of jasmine rice. Sauté 1 chopped green bell pepper along with the rice and onion and use 2 teaspoons fresh thyme and 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary instead of the cardamom. Use 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans in place of the raisins, almonds, and apricots.[/cooking_tip]

Health Points
• Dried apricots are fat-free and full of nutrients good both for blood pressure and cholesterol, such as potassium, lycopene, beta-carotene, and pectin. Plus, apricots are a particularly rich source of iron. While the drying process hurts apricots’ store of vitamin C, many other nutrients get enhanced.

[nutrition-info calories=”250″ calories_fat=”50″ fat=”6g” sat_fat=”1g” choles=”” sodium=”75mg” carbs=”44g” sugars=”” protein=”5g” fiber=”3g”]

Blood Pressure Nutrients: 1mg Vitamin C, 21mg Magnesium, 260mg Potassium, 37mg Calcium



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