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Fragrant Pilaf

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Side dish
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

3   Ripe tomatoes (large)
1 teaspoon 5mlBlack mustard seeds
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
2   Garlic cloves - minced
1   Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlTurmeric
1 cup 160g / 5.6ozBasmati rice - uncooked
3 cups 711mlVegetable broth
2 cups 474mlChickpeas - cooked
1/4 cup 4g / 0.1ozCilantro
1   Cayenne

Recipe Instructions

Plunge the tomatoes into boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon & transfer to a bowl of iced water. Remove from the water & slip off their skins. Chop the tomatoes & set aside. In a large pot, saute the mustard seeds in the oil over a medium heat until they begin to sputter & pop. Add the garlic, bay leaf, turmeric & rice, stirring until the rice becomes translucent, 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes & reduce the heat to a simmer for 3 minutes. Add the broth, bring back to a boil, reduce heat again & simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas & cook another 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat, add the cilantro & allow it to steam, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, fluff with a fork, stirring in the cilantro.

Season with cayenne & serve.

Something Different by Dana Jacobi for AICR Nov 10, 1997


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