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Persian Rice

This wonderful recipe for Persian rice is from "The Joy of Cooking."

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • Coarse salt
  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds (from about 3 pods)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons diced dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons dried sweet or sour cherries or golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Step 2

    Fill a large saucepan with 4 quarts water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt, return to a boil, and stir in rice, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and cardamom seeds. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let stand in a sieve.

  3. Step 3

    Place a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add butter and cook until melted. Remove 3 tablespoons melted butter and set aside. Add onions and saffron to skillet and cook, stirring until onions are golden, about 8 minutes. Spread onion in an even layer in skillet.

  4. Step 4

    Season rice with salt. Spoon half of rice over onion, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with apricots and cherries. Evenly spread remaining rice over fruit, pressing down firmly to compact.

  5. Step 5

    Drizzle reserved butter evenly over the top. Cover skillet with a double layer of parchment-lined aluminum foil, pressing down on the top and crimping the edges. Transfer to oven and bake 1 hour.

  6. Step 6

    Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, and invert a large round platter over the skillet. Carefully, turn the skillet and platter over. Remove skillet, and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2007

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Reviews (2)

  • 11 Jul, 2013

    I love this recipe, but I mix the fruit in with the rice instead of layering it. I also carmalized red and white onions together.

  • 29 Jan, 2008

    Oh my gosh, this is DELICIOUS!!!