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Mixed Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Nuts

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

Coastal Living MARCH 2014

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook time:40 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 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.


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