Cranberry and pistachio pilaf. Nothing says Christmas like cranberries & pistachios.The caramelized onions and the aromatic rice just ties everything together.
Holidays are the time when a lot of cooking happens and nobody wants to toil on a single dish. Here is something easy to make and conveys the spirit of holidays.If you use a rice cooker then the recipe is a breeze.
Since all the other dishes would have a fair amount of spices the pilaf flavors are kept pretty mellow, a slightly sweet & nutty taste stands out.
Rice - 2 cups (Use Basmathi or good quality long grain rice)
White onion - 1 sliced very thin
Butter -3- 4 tsp
Cranberry( dried and sweetened) - 1/2 cup or more if u like
Pistachios - 1/2 cup (I used some cashew nuts too)
Spring onion- 2 chopped
Lemon juice -1 tbsp
Salt and white pepper powder to taste.
1. Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Cook rice adding salt and pepper .I prefer to cook in the rice cooker. Once cooked let it cool little bit then gently fluff with a fork.
2. Heat butter when it melts add onion sliced and fry it till golden brown also the cashews until they turn golden.Turn in the cranberry and pistachio and switch off flame.keep aside 1/3 of the fried mix to spread on top.In the rest add the rice,lemon juice and gently mix .
3.Transfer it into a serving dish and spread the rest of the fried onions, cranberry,nuts and spring onion.
Serve warm along with other drool worthy dishes.
I have a chicken dish coming up in the next post so make sure you come back.
Hope you lovely people out there would give this a try.
Here are the links to other awesome recipes from blogger friends :
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Sweet & Lightly Spicy Corn Pudding
Clean Eating Holiday Side Dish Recipes
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Italian Green Beans with Tomatoes and Pesto
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Best Holiday Dressing
No-Brainer Holiday Sides