Pilaf always begins with a grain – often rice. But the ingredients can vary: you can add dried fruit and sweet spices or vegetables and herbs. This version is bursting with flavour.
Herbed rice pilaf: Use 1 cup (185g) long-grain brown rice instead of jasmine rice. Sauté 1 chopped green capsicum along with the rice and onion, and use 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves and 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary instead of the cardamom. Replace the sultanas, almonds and apricots with⅓ cup (40g) chopped toasted pecans.
Dried apricots are fat-free and full of nutrients that are good for lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol levels, such as potassium, lycopene, betacarotene and pectin. In addition, apricots are a rich source of iron. While the drying process removes apricots' store of vitamin C, many other nutrients are enhanced.
This recipe ia just perfect as is! We had some loftover roast chicken we chopped and added before serving and it was delicious! - 04 Jul 2013