Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf

This is a really nice comforting rice dish with caramelized onions, a ton of cinnamon, and made richer with cashews, raisins, and green grapes. I made mine using red rice, which is notorious for having a really long cooking time (40 minutes!).
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf

Adapted from: Vicky Ratnani's Onion and Brown Rice Pilaf

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup red rice
  • 2 red onions
  • Handful of raisins
  • Handful of cashews
  • Handful of charoli
  • Handful of green grapes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cups of vegetable stock (optional)
  • Salt to taste
To make:
Wash your rice, rinse, and soak in water for 10 minutes. Meanwhile chop your onions into long slivers and your grapes slit into two.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
In a pot, heat the olive oil and add your onions. Let the onions caramelize by cooking on a low flame for 15 minutes.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Grind your cinnamon bark to make about 1 -1.5 teaspoons of cinnamon powder. Add to the onions, along with the coriander powder, sugar and salt.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Stir well. Add the rice once the onions have gone limp, and cook for another five minutes.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Add the vegetable stock, if available, or water to the pot, cover with a lid, and let it cook for 30 minutes (Less if you're using white rice). The rule of thumb is to add enough water to cover the rice and one inch above that.
Approximately 10 minutes before your rice is cooked, add the charoli, raisins, and cashews.

Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Add the chopped grapes into the pilaf 1-2 minutes before the rice is completely done.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
While serving, garnish with more dry fruit, grapes, etc.
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf
Onion, Cinnamon, and Dry Fruit Pilaf

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23 comments:

Junia said...

love the color of the red rice!! this looks comforting and healthy! i have yet to try cooking with it! :)

Happy When Not Hungry said...

Wow this looks great! Love all the flavors going on too!

Sweet and Savory said...

This looks delicious. Unfortunately, it is several months until I can get grapes but I can wait.

Susan said...

This pilaf looks wonderful! I have never worked with red rice, but I've been seeing more bloggers using it in their recipes. I'm intrigued!

foodblogandthedog said...

I can't get red rice on it's own but I can buy a mixed rice with red, wild & brown so this would be perfect, have to get some cashews though!! Thanks...

foodblogandthedog said...

I can't get red rice on it's own but I can buy a mixed rice with red, wild & brown so this would be perfect, have to get some cashews though!! Thanks...

Pia said...

this pilaf is looking really delicious. feeling like have it now

Cook Healthy

Cupcake said...

Beautiful and it must smell wonderful! Do you have a big family or are you feeding the neighbours? Which one?
Cupcake
xo

Mateja ^_^ said...

This is one rich tasting pilaf! Love the photos, thank you for sharing :)

aipi said...

Wonderful presentation..full of exotic flavors!

US Masala

Hyosun Ro said...

Love the idea. I should try this with my red rice.

Raw_Girl said...

haha, Cupcake - I cook for me and me alone. Just because you're alone doesnt mean you have to eat cardboard :)

foodies at home said...

I really love the combination of cinnamon and dried fruit! Looks really delish!

Kristen said...

I love the sweet and savory flavors you have combined in this dish. I think I would have two servings!!

Medeja said...

What a color ! It looks really interesting :) I havent tried anything like that yet :)

Cupcake said...

I totally agree and good for you! Thre's another food blogger who bakes and she shares her baking with her neighbours (for fear she will eat it all). I love your healthy approach to eating and life.
Cupcake
xo

a moderate life said...

Hi Raw Girl! I would like to personally welcome you to the hearth and soul hop! I am now following your blog. I love how you are using tons of raw food in your diet. I was once a raw vegan 100% and the health issues it caused made me have to change my diet after about 6 months. Glad you are doing raw moderately! These pilaf balls looks so good! I love red rice but yes, it does take long to cook. Thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop! All the best! Alex@amoderatelife

Anonymous said...

Tried giving this a Western hemisphere twist using red quinoa and muscat grapes... worked a charm. Thanks for the ideas!

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