Close up of a bowl of rice with dried cranberries and pecans. Bowl is setting on a deep pink placemat and is displayed with a small bowl of dried cranberries in the upper left corner.

Dried Fruit and Nut Pilaf

Close up of a bowl of rice with dried cranberries and pecans. Bowl is setting on a deep pink placemat and is displayed with a small bowl of dried cranberries in the upper left corner.

Dried Fruit and Nut Pilaf

A unique side featuring brown rice, sweet dried fruit, crunchy nuts, in a robust blend of spices.
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine Indian, Mediterranean
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice chilled
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ¾ cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, or apricots) chopped
  • cup peanuts, almonds, or cashews finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley torn, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and sauté about 3 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add rice, turmeric, cinnamon, orange juice, and vinegar. Mix to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add dried fruit, nuts, parsley, if using, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

Change it Up
  • Add shredded carrots, chopped celery, asparagus tips, or sliced mushrooms to Step 1.
  • Replace orange juice, turmeric, and cinnamon with lemon juice, paprika, and fresh dill.
  • Serve over a bed of baby spinach.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5 cupCalories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 108mgFiber: 2g
Keyword 30 minutes or Less, Vegan, Vegetarian
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