This fragrant and sweet rice pilaf makes a good side dish for Middle Eastern foods. If you are in a hurry substitute white for the brown rice.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups brown rice
1/2 cup dried apricots - slivered
1/2 cinnamon stick
4 black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
3 cups water
2 medium onion - sliced
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup pine nuts
Heat half the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and saute for 5 minutes, stirring gently.
Add the apricots, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom, salt and pepper (to taste), and the water. Bring to a boil, then cover tightly and leave to simmer for 45 minutes. Turn off the the heat and leave covered.
In a medium frying pan, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Fry the onions until soft and slightly browned (10 minutes). Stir into the rice mixture.
Calories: 417 Calories From Fat: 35%
Protein: 8g Carbohydrate: 64g
Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 33mg