Fruited Moroccan Rice

  • 2 cups rice
  • Large pinch of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods, crushed gently
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red raisins
  • 3 T. plain yogurt (optional)
  • Water, according to recipe instructions

Place the first 5 ingredients (rice through olive oil) in a rice cooker and stir vigorously to evenly coat the rice with oil and spices. Add the remaining ingredients (omit the yogurt for vegan or yogurt-sensitive diets), stir again, and then add enough water to cover everything in the cooker by about 1-inch. Plug the rice cooker in and turn it on.

When the cooker clicks to the warm setting, carefully turn the rice and check for doneness. If needed, add more water and continue cooking. Turn the finished rice out into a serving bowl and serve immediately. Note: some of the rice will brown at the bottom of the cooker. This is normal and desired in this dish. Simply stir the browned bits into the finished rice and serve.

  • Yields: 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 25-35 minutes

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