Mixed Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Mixed Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Nuts Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Ginny Branch


Full of flavor, serve Mixed Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Nuts with your  favorite grilled meat.


Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 40 Minutes


1/2 cup brown rice
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 cup medium-grain white rice
1/3 cup shelled roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon lime zest


1. Cook brown rice according to package directions with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until shallot is translucent. Stir in cranberries, raisins, and coriander; cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Add white rice and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to a boil, and stir. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in pistachios, cilantro, lime zest, and reserved brown rice.

David Bonom and Marge Perry,

Coastal Living

March 2014
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