Cumin seeds, saffron, dried fruits and nuts give a fragrant note to this traditional rice dish.
Recipe courtesy of Mohammed Aslam
Total:
45 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 (3-inch) piece cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 green cardamom pods*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped blanched almonds
  • 2 teaspoons raisins
  • 7 ounces basmati rice, washed until the water runs clear, drained
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch saffron threads, soaked in 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 ready-to-eat dried figs, chopped, plus extra to serve
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or pistachios

Directions

Heat the oil in a nonstick pan over a low heat. Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and bay leaf, and fry for 20 to 30 seconds, or until the spices are fragrant. Add the onion, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the almonds and raisins, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice, and stir well to coat it in the spiced oil. 

Add the water, saffron water, and half of the chopped figs, and season, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, and continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook the mixture for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the rice is tender, but still has a slight bite. Add the remaining figs and the chopped nuts, and stir well, fluffing the rice with a fork as you stir. Set the pan aside for 4 to 5 minutes to allow any excess water to evaporate, and then serve.

Cook's Note

*Can be found at specialty Asian markets.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Kashmiri Tea

Recipe courtesy of Hamayun Arshad

Kashmiri Rogan Josh

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Not My Mama's Meals

7:30am | 6:30c

Not My Mama's Meals

8:30am | 7:30c

Not My Mama's Meals

9:30am | 8:30c

Vinny & Ma Eat America

10:30am | 9:30c

Vinny & Ma Eat America

11:30am | 10:30c

Vinny & Ma Eat America

12:30pm | 11:30c

Donut Showdown

1:30pm | 12:30c

Donut Showdown

2:30pm | 1:30c

Donut Showdown

3:30pm | 2:30c

Donut Showdown

4:30pm | 3:30c

Sugar Showdown

5:30pm | 4:30c

Sugar Showdown

6:30pm | 5:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cupcake Wars

8pm | 7c

Sugar Showdown

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cupcake Wars

12am | 11c

Cupcake Wars

1am | 12c

Sugar Showdown

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here