A sumptuous but easy Persian-inspired dish. Rosewater can be found in Middle Eastern groceries and in many large supermarkets. The carrot, saffron, and apricots make for a beautiful gold color. Add a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom along with the saffron, if desired.

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Max Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and carrot until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in basmati rice and salt; cook and stir until rice is slightly opaque, about 3 minutes.

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  • Pour in water; stir to combine. Mix in saffron threads, rose water, apricots, and almonds; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice has absorbed the liquid, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pilaf to stand covered for 10 more minutes. Stir before serving.

Nutrition Facts

289.02 calories; 5.6 g protein; 46.03 g carbohydrates; 2.17 g dietary-fiber; 6.06 g sugars; 9.85 g fat; 4.09 g saturated-fat; 15.27 mg cholesterol; 2559.09 IU vitamin-a-iu; 0.82 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.06 mg vitamin-b6; 2.27 mg vitamin-c; 9.4 mcg folate; 38.27 mg calcium; 0.75 mg iron; 27.75 mg magnesium; 206.18 mg potassium; 636.54 mg sodium; 0.02 mg thiamin; 88.69 calories-from-fat; 62 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 30 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 7 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 12 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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susiekew
04/08/2013
This is a truly lovely and different dish that I will definitely make again. The rosewater which I found in a middle eastern grocery store was a little frightening at first because it smelled like a bottle of perfume! However when added to the dish it became much more subtle and really made the dish special. The only thing I did differently was to toast the almonds. Thanks!
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lutzflcat
01/18/2014
Followed the recipe except for using some vegetable broth for part of the water and omitting the rose water since I could not find it. I wouldn't say that this is my favorite pilaf but it does have good eye appeal and is flavorful. Next time I think I will add some cardamon as suggested by the recipe writer and rose water if I ever can find it.
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susiekew
04/08/2013
This is a truly lovely and different dish that I will definitely make again. The rosewater which I found in a middle eastern grocery store was a little frightening at first because it smelled like a bottle of perfume! However when added to the dish it became much more subtle and really made the dish special. The only thing I did differently was to toast the almonds. Thanks!
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Anonymous
12/05/2012
It was very nice and easy to make it. Thanks for sharing!
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magicshark
09/12/2012
I thought this was really good. I served with the Persian beef kebabs and it was a perfect match. I did add the cardamon. Husband said it's a keeper and my picky 6 year old ate it up.
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lutzflcat
01/18/2014
Followed the recipe except for using some vegetable broth for part of the water and omitting the rose water since I could not find it. I wouldn't say that this is my favorite pilaf but it does have good eye appeal and is flavorful. Next time I think I will add some cardamon as suggested by the recipe writer and rose water if I ever can find it.
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KIRSTENFINNIGAN
03/25/2018
This was so good. Different impressive beautiful. I'd consider using golden raisins instead of chopping apricots. Rose water was 4 at the Middle Eastern store. It added a wonderful nuance but don't add more than recommended. Wouldn't be as good without it and don't even try it if you don't have saffron.
jjwalter
07/16/2016
I followed the recipe except that I did toast the almonds. The dish was fantastic! The rose water adds a floral flavor that complements the saffron. Definitely will make again.
Patricia
05/18/2017
I made this as directed and included cinnamon and cardamon. It was lovely! It's a very special delicious "gentle and romantic" dish with sophisticated presence despite its subtle flavoring. I kept imagining this being perfect for a summer evening al fresco meal perhaps paired with a light flaky fish dish. It begs for strawberries and cream for dessert.