Special Diet

Jewelled Fruity Spicy Pilaf

cook 30 mins
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon saffron threads
  • 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) hot vegetable stock
  • 400 g (13 oz) basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly bruised
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 300 g (10 oz) podded soya beans
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) golden sultanas
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) dried cranberries
  • seeds from 1 ripe pomegranate
  • 50 g (2 oz) slivered pistachio nuts
  • salt and pepper
Directions
  • Add the saffron to the hot stock and set aside.
  • Rinse the rice in cold running water and leave to drain.
  • Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based saucepan and stir-fry the shallots and garlic for 1–2 minutes over a medium heat.
  • Add the cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cumin seeds, rice and carrots and stir to mix well. Add the stock mixture along with the dill, season and bring up to the boil. Then stir in the soya beans, golden sultanas and dried cranberries. Cover tightly and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10–12 minutes without lifting the lid.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to stand, undisturbed, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid (the liquid should have been completely absorbed), stir in the pomegranate seeds and pistachio nuts and serve immediately.
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