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February 23, 2011

Basmati Rice with Apricots and Almonds

This is an elegant side dish that has a wonderful combination of color, texture and flavors. As a bonus it contains your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Serve it with baked chicken or fish.

Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes


• 2-1/2 cups basmati rice
• 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3/4 cup diced dried apricots
• 3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 2 teaspoons curry powder
• Salt and pepper to taste


In medium saucepan, heat the oil. Add the rice and toast until slightly golden. Add the broth and bring to a boil; cook for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Stir apricots, almonds, orange juice, curry powder, and salt and pepper into the partially cooked rice. Cook over low heat, shaking pan occasionally, until rice is tender, about 25-35 minutes. Add dried cranberries, let stand, covered, off the heat for 10 minutes, then serve.

Terri's Tips:

  • Add 1/2 cup dried cranberries for color and additional flavor
  • Toasting the rice before adding the broth will decrease the cooking time and enhance the wonderful nutty flavor of the rice

  • Posted by terri at February 23, 2011 06:19 PM