Iranian Rice

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • one hour and 10 minutes
  • 2 servings

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!

Ingredients Needed for Iranian Rice

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

How to Cook Iranian Rice

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add 2 cups of water in it.
  2. Bring to a boil and sift the orange peel.
  3. Add the sugar in a bowl and mix it with 3/4 of the orange blossom water.
  4. Next, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the pecan nuts, almonds, cranberries, and raisins. Toast them for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Heat a separate skillet over medium heat, and add 1 tablespoon of water and orange blossom mixture.
  6. Add the vegetable oil, carrot, orange peel, and cinnamon stick.
  7. 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.
  8. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add the salt in it.
  9. Add the rice and remaining orange blossom water.
  10. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package and drain it.
  11. 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.
  12. Take the rice out of the oven and add it in a large bowl. Add the toasted nuts and fruits, and orange peel.
  13. Mix everything until smooth.

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