Middle Eastern Pilaf Recipe

Middle Eastern Pilaf Recipes

Ingredients :

4 tbsp




1/2 cup

1/2 cup

1/4 cup

1/2 cup

2 cups

8 cups


stalks celery, chopped into small pieces

large onions, peeled and chopped

cloves garlic, crushed

seedless raisins


shelled pistachio nuts

pine nuts

long grain rice

boiling water

freshly ground black pepper

sour cream or natural yoghurt

Method :
  1. Heat half the oil in a large fry pan.
  2. Sauté celery and onions for 2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, raisins, currants and nuts.
  4. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan with slotted spoon.
  6. Set aside, add remaining oil to same pan.
  7. When hot add rice, stir for a few minutes until rice begins to color.
  8. Pour over boiling water.
  9. Add seasoning, cover pan.
  10. Cook 8 minutes, forking through occasionally.
  11. All the water should be absorbed.
  12. If not, continue cooking a further 2 minutes.
  13. Stir in onion and fruit mixture.
  14. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt.

Serves 4

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