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Pistachio-Pomegranate Pilaf

  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: Makes 11 cups
Pistachio-Pomegranate Pilaf

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 shallots, thinly sliced (about 2 3/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice, rinsed
  • 4 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock, or water
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 cup basmati rice, soaked in cold water for 20 minutes, and rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted-sesame oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups pomegranate seeds(from about 2 pomegranates)
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Heat butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer shallots to a bowl. Add wild rice to pot, and stir for 1 minute. Add stock and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, and stir again. Cover, reduce heat, and gently simmer until grains burst, about 40 minutes. Uncover, and cook until liquid has been almost completely absorbed, about 15 minutes more. Spread on a baking sheet to prevent rice from overcooking.

  2. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add basmati rice, and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the water and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and gently simmer for 10 minutes (do not uncover). Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Spread on a baking sheet to prevent rice from overcooking.

  3. Whisk vinegar, sesame oil, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Stirring constantly, gradually add wild and basmati rice. Add shallots, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Reviews (1)

  • cortessa 21 Nov, 2011

    I have made this the past several years for holiday events to unanimous praise. The colors of this dish (red pomegranate seeds, green/pruple pistachios, black wild rice, white basmati rice, green herbs) are alive, and add a fun, festive touch to any buffet table. My local grocery store carries ready made wild rice, which is a huge time saver, and actually less expensive. A holiday celebration isn't complete without this dish!

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