Spiced Rice with Dried Fruit


Spiced Rice with Dried Fruit

Recipe Level: Creative | Recipe Speed: Quick | Season: All | Type: Starchy Side | Diet: V/GF

This makes a perfectly lovely side dish on its own, but can also be used as a filling for chard or cabbage wraps, or as a base for a casserole. If you have a robust selection of spices in your cupboards, you could add anything else that you think would be complementary. 

  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups jasmine or Basmati rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup dried currants, raisins, golden raisins, or cranberries
  1. In a medium pot, bring the water to a simmer. Stir in the rice, seasonings, garlic and dried fruit, and turn the heat to low. 
  2. Cover and let simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir after 15 minutes, and add a little more water, if needed. 
  3. When the rice is done, taste it. Does it need more seasoning? You could add additional salt and pepper, stir in more garlic, or drizzle on a little vinegar or lemon juice, if you want a bit of acidity. If you eat dairy, you could add some butter, which would give it a creamy mouthfeel.