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  • Exotic Spiced Pineapple Rice

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    Exotic Spiced Pineapple Rice
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 6
    by Micheline
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    A spiced, fruity, nutty basmati rice dish that looks, smells and tastes exotic.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) raw basmati rice
    • Cold water
    • 1/4 tsp curcuma (or a pinch of saffron)
    • 1/3 cup (75 ml) milk, hot
    • 1/3 cup (75 ml) butter or ghee
    • 1 large onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp (15 ml) ground ginger
    • 2 tsp (10 ml) cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp (10 ml) coriander seeds
    • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cinnamon stick (1 inch long - 2,5 cm)
    • 10 cardamome pods
    • 1 pinch salt
    • boiling water
    • 1 - 14 oz (398 ml) can pineapple, chunks, drained
    • 3/4 cup (200 ml) mixed nuts and raisins (opt)

    Directions

    1. Soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes in a large bowl.
    2. In an other bowl, mix the curcuma or the saffron to the milk and set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, melt the butter or ghee in a saucepan. Add the onion and ginger and cook for 5 minutes until the onion is transparent.
    4. Add the cumin, coriander, pepper, cinnamon and cardamome and cook for 2 minutes. Add the drained rice and the salt. Add enough boiling water to cover the rice by about 2 inches (5 cm). Mix well, cover and cook for 6 minutes.
    5. Add the yellowed milk, in a zigzag fashion. DO NOT MIX so that only a part of the rice is darker.
    6. Cover and continue cooking on medium-low heat until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed approximately 13 to 15 minutes.
    7. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes before lifting the cover.
    8. Mix in the pineapple chunks and the nuts, raisins and place on a serving dish. Serve with fish or chicken.

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