Although best served immediately, this dish can be covered and chilled for a couple of hours. Try it with roast chicken. Pomegranate juice stains, so be careful when extracting the seeds. Here's our favorite way to seed a pomegranate: Carefully cut the fruit in half, submerge in a large bowl of water, and slowly turn the shell inside out to dislodge the seeds.
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups orange sections (about 3 oranges)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice and 3/4 teaspoon salt; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff rice with a fork. Cool completely.
Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and next 4 ingredients (vinegar through pepper), stirring with a whisk. Combine rice, vinegar mixture, orange sections, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to combine.
This was unexpectedly good. I had pomegranate seeds on hand which was a time-saver, but it was still a fair bit of work zesting, juicing and sectioning the clementines, which I used in place of oranges. I was wondering if it would be worth all the effort, but I put everything together and tasted it, and wow! I think the toasted pine nuts add a lot of the flavor. We ate this lukewarm (a little wierd), but heated or cold I think this would still be good. I served this alongside CL Pan-Roasted Chicken Cutlets with Maple-Mustard Dill Sauce (November 2006), and I would probably make it again.
The most beautiful dish and so yummy, too. Will definitely impress guests. I used jasmine rice instead of basmati because I love its nutty flavor. Otherwise made as directed. Served with roasted chicken and peas.
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