Basmati Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds Recipe

Basmati Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds Recipe

How To Make Basmati Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds

With a medley of dried fruit and nuts, this basmati pilaf is a great addition to your dinner table. It comes spiced with cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 32 minutes
Total: 42 minutes



  • cupsbasmati rice
  • 3tbspunsalted butter
  • ½cupyellow onions,finely chopped
  • ½tspcumin
  • ½tspground turmeric
  • ¼tspcinnamon
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • cupswater
  • tspsalt
  • ¼tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • cupdried fruit,(such as currants, raisins or finely chopped dried apricots)
  • ¼cupalmonds,sliced or slivered, toasted until golden


  1. Place rice in medium bowl and add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Gently swish grains to release any excess starch. Carefully pour off water, leaving rice in bowl.

  2. Repeat four to five times, until water runs almost clear. Using a fine mesh strainer, drain water from rice. Place strainer over bowl and set aside.

  3. Melt butter in a pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until softened but not browned.

  4. Add cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and garlic to sautéed onions and cook until fragrant. Add rice to pot, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes.

  5. Add water, salt and pepper to rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Off heat, remove lid, and sprinkle dried fruit over rice (do not mix in).

  6. Place lid loosely over pot and let stand 10 minutes. Toss in toasted almonds, fluff rice with a fork, then serve.


  • Calories: 426.35kcal
  • Fat: 13.76g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.35g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.28g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.62g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.53g
  • Fiber: 3.72g
  • Sugar: 6.93g
  • Protein: 7.83g
  • Cholesterol: 22.90mg
  • Sodium: 600.09mg
  • Calcium: 66.77mg
  • Potassium: 331.09mg
  • Iron: 4.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 87.48µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.62mg
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