This Authentic Middle Eastern Saffron Rice is a simple pilaf made with saffron scented basmati rice, sultanas, and pine nuts. It’s a versatile gluten free and vegan side dish.
I’m excited to be participating in the virtual launch of a new cookbook by Faith Gorsky of the beautiful An Edible Mosaic blog!
|An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky. The book has over 100 Middle Eastern recipes, with a focus mainly on dishes from the Levant, but also a few recipes from other areas of the Middle East. · The book is available to order on Amazon.|
An Edible Mosaic is one of my favorite blogs. Faith is a talented writer, photographer, and cook, and her site is a treat for the senses. We share similar sensibilities and tastes, so I always find inspiration in her posts, and drool over her recipes. I was thrilled when she asked me to help her get the word out about her new book. This recipe for Saffron Rice is from the book, which debuted this week.
The book is a perfect introduction to Middle Eastern foods, methods, and recipes. You’ll be gently lured out of your comfort zone, but guided every step of the way. Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favorites, but there are very few good cookbooks on the subject in this country. Faith’s book is a must have for anyone with eclectic tastes who wants to explore the food of this region.
This rice was fluffy, softly scented, and delicious. It’s subtle enough that it won’t overwhelm the other dishes on the table, and I think it would be perfect for Thanksgiving. I definitely recommend adding the optional spices listed at the end of the recipe, they add even more fragrance and flavor to the dish. I garnished the rice with pomegranate seeds just for fun. This rice is a simpler version of the PERSIAN JEWELED RICE that I made a couple of months ago.
Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.
OPTIONAL Add two pods of cardamom, two whole cloves, and one 2-inch (5 cm) piece of cinnamon stick at the same time that you add the rice.
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