Iranian Rice

Iran is one of the world's oldest civilizations, with a cuisine that matches just about any known one. Where else can you find a special rice like this, flavored with all kinds of delicious ingredients like pecan nuts, raisins, orange blossom, and cranberries? And it's not even a dessert!
Iran is one of the world's oldest civilizations, with a cuisine that matches just about any known one. Where else can you find a special rice like this, flavored with all kinds of delicious ingredients like pecan nuts, raisins, orange blossom, and cranberries? And it's not even a dessert!

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Ingredients

2 cups of water
orange peel from one orange
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup orange blossom water
¼ cup pecan nuts
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup raisins
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large carrot, julienne sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom seeds
salt
5 ounces of rice

Ingredients

Steps

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Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add 2 cups of water in it.

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Bring to a boil and sift the orange peel.

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Add the sugar in a bowl and mix it with 3/4 of the orange blossom water.

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Next, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the pecan nuts, almonds, cranberries, and raisins. Toast them for 2-3 minutes.

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Heat a separate skillet over medium heat, and add 1 tablespoon of water and orange blossom mixture.

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Add the vegetable oil, carrot, orange peel, and cinnamon stick.

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Add the cardamom seeds and 1/4 cup of water. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the carrots and orange peel.

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Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add the salt in it.

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Add the rice and remaining orange blossom water.

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Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package and drain it.

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Add the rice in a large oven-proof bowl, bottom-greased. Add into the oven for 30 minutes at 340 degrees F/170 degrees C.

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Take the rice out of the oven and add it in a large bowl. Add the toasted nuts and fruits, and orange peel.

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Mix everything until smooth.

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Nutritional Chart

685 kcal
Calories
11 g
Protein
25 g
Fat
109 g
Carbohydrates

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Vlad Popa

I guess I’ve always had a passion for cooking ever since I was a kid when I was mom’s little helper in the kitchen. Even though I wasn’t actually cooking, I was a picky eater, and I focused on bringing more flavor to her dishes, by adding extra herbs and spices I felt might enrich it. Time has passed, and I haven’t changed that much: I am now my girlfriend’s helper.

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