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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Festive "Fibrous" Fruit N Nut Rice

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Dried Fruits take the prize for being packed with Fiber which will keep you feeling full longer. This is because the nutrients are concentrated in the solids when the water is removed. Dry fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and an excellent choice for snacking. Plus can be easily incorporated in recipes.I make this dish at home more often than not simply because I love the flavor explosion coming from different fruits and the crunchy texture from the nuts. The fiber packed goodness is just an added bonus. Enjoy it with Citrus Potatoes N Peas as I did yesterday.
Other dishes with a sweet kick that may be of interest -  Conquer Cancer Cups, Celebrating Citrus Fruits, Rice Noodles(Sevai) in Yogurt Sauce, Edible Festive Wreath, Homemade Muesli


Ingredients:
  • Long-Grained Rice - 1 cup, soaked 20 minutes prior to cooking
  • Slivered Almonds and Cashews - 1/4 cup
  • Dried Figs, Apricots, Craisins, Raisins - 1/4 cup
  • Cloves - 4
  • Onion - 1/2, medium, diced
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt for taste
  • Green Chilli/ Serrano - 3, vertically slit
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Olive Oil - 4 tbsp
Procedure:
  • In a thick bottomed saute pan add a tbsp of olive oil and fry the mixed nuts. Once they are browned add the dry fruits and quickly toss around. Remove after a minute and set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and add the cloves, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, onions, chillies.Saute until the onions are browned.
  • Add the soaked rice and fry gently till they are coated in oil.
  • Pour the milk and water. Mix gently. Sprinkle salt and check for taste. Add more if needed.
  • Throw in the sauteed nuts and dried fruits.
  • Lid the pan and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle more water, if needed until the rice is cooked.
  • Serve hot with any side dish choice.
Makes 2-3 servings.

Note:
  • To make this rice EXTRA festive, soak a few strands of saffron in the milk prior to adding it to the pan.
  • Reduce the amount of  dried fruits for an extra spicy flavor.
Enjoy!
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41 comments:

  1. This looks yummy..I will surely love this..but sadly the opposite with my DH !!

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  2. This is an absolutely unique combi...i love what the fennel would to with all those dry fruits to the long grained rice....loving it already :-)))

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  3. that's a fantastic combination Cool Lassi(e)!!!

    all that I need to keep up the energy for the day and resist other temptations!!! nice recipe!!!

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  4. CL, this rice looks so fragrant n aromatic...

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  5. Wow , a very sweet and nutritious rice.I have some dried fruits and nuts so this is a colorful to make a healthy rice.

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  6. Lovely presentation, I can smell the aroma :)

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  7. I have never tried dried foot rice before .This recipe looks very interesting and innovative.Nice presentation too.

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  8. Nice rice dish, similar to kashmiri pulao, I like it.

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  9. Beautiful presentation! This looks and sounds delicious!
    Have wonderful holiday weekend!

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  10. Love this colourful and yummy rice Dear.. I too make this but not too often..loved your click..

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  11. Pulav looks gorgeous....very tempting clicks :)

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  12. That looks so delicious. I have never seen anything like it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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  13. The rice looks so yummy and aromatic...

    Deepa
    http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

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  14. Lassie..great recipe dear...We love dried fruits and nuts..lovely rice dish

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  15. I lov rice with fruits n nuts..looks so tempting

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  16. I have a serious addiction to dried fruits. I can't keep them around because I eat them all. In a day. But I would risk that for this. It looks like a combination of heaven!

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  17. good recipe..rice with fruit n nut .very healthy one..
    Nice shot

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  18. Such a a yummylicious way to present rice on plate

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  19. Very rich one !! Pic is tempting me ..lick lick ,,

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  20. very novel recipe..and pretty presentation

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  21. love rice with fruit and nut..looks really tempting, dear

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  22. love the look of it!! and with so much goodness in it, i can eat guiltfree!

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  23. Nuts and fruits turned this rice more awesome, delicious dish..

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  24. Oh that looks gorgeous. Lovely rice combination.

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  25. looks delicious and very tempting.
    nice clicks :-)

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  26. looks so delicious..gives a nice summery feel.

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  27. Never tried this..Looks so crunchy and flavourful..

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  28. There is Chinese festive dish that has both fruit and nuts in it too, lovely!

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  29. its really very healthy and colorful!

    Event for this month "EFM - Sweets and savory fro diwali series " is going on. For more details, click http://www.srishkitchen.com/2010/03/efm-sweets-and-savories-for-diwali.html

    Round up for the event "EFM -Parathas and Gravies/ curries series " is here http://www.srishkitchen.com/2010/03/efm-parathas-and-gravies-curries-series.html

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Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments and continued support.They are very much appreciated. Yes,like "Rain on Dry Land" and like "Oasis in Desert Sand".
XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)