Rice pilaf

Rice is a wonderful grain that can be used in so many ways. In Middle Eastern and Far Eastern countries it is not just a side dish but the main dish by itself. So life in Turkey taught me to prepare rice in so many different ways and I do love them all the possible way!

What we need:

220 ml of rice
50 gr of pine nuts
1 onion
50 gr of dried small black grapes or blackcurrents
50 gr of boiled chickpeas
½ teaspoon of all spice
½ teaspoon of black pepper
a pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of butter
1 tbsp of olive oil
440ml of water or stock

What we have to do:

1. Wash and drain the rice.
2. Chop onion and fry until soft in some oil and butter. Add pine nuts, blackcurrant, chickpeas, spices. Stir carefully and then add washed rice. Mix it again and fry for 2 minutes. Then add water, stir and cook for 10 minutes. Then stir again, cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel, cover with a lid and turn the heat off. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
3. Garnish with some parsley. It can also be a side dish for any chicken, lamb or beef dish. Enjoy!!!
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