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Yellow Rice with Raisins

This slightly sweet rice pilaf is flavored with citrus zest and spices and tinted yellow with turmeric.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • One 1-inch piece of tangerine or orange zest, white pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (about 3 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water with the rice, cardamom, cinnamon stick, tangerine zest, salt and turmeric. Stir well and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over very low heat until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 15 to 17 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the raisins and sugar and remove from the heat. Add the rice to the mixture and stir gently to combine. Transfer to a bowl and serve.
Contributed By Photo © Simon Watson Published May 1998

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