Mussel-and-Squid Pilaf with Sweet Spices and Dill
This is one of Defne Koryürek's favorite dishes from chef-owner Semsa Denizsel at Kantin restaurant. The rice is glossy and sticky, and full of tender calamari and mussels. The addition of spices like allspice and cinnamon, plus some currants, gives the dish a slightly sweet edge. More Middle Eastern Recipes
The pilaf can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Though this rich, risotto-like pilaf is chock-a-block with tender mussels and squid, it's much more of a red-wine dish than a white because it's substantial and sweet enough to pair with wine that has a little tannic astringency. Try a medium-bodied red from southern France.