Rice is a staple of the modern Iranian kitchen and the base of wide range of dishes. Persian Jewelled rice is part of a traditional wedding feast. It gains its name from the gemstone colours making up the rice. Saffron, carrots and orange peel add the gold. Burberries add a flash of red ruby colour. Nuts add a little flavour. Pistachios having a green emerald colour and almonds resembling pearls. The final dish is full of flavour and is a joy to eat.
My adaptation of the original recipe uses raspberries instead of burberries. If you are a regular reader you will know that every year I have a large crop of raspberries. I am forever creating raspberry recipes to use them up. Usually I make sweet recipes like these raspberry bars. Occasionally I use the raspberries to add a touch of sweetness to a savoury dish. Chicken and raspberry salad is one such recipe and this Persian jewelled rice is another.
The inspiration for this recipe came from Tilda Basmati rice. They have just brought out a new limited edition rice pouch to add the to extensive range of flavours. The Limited Edition Caribbean Rice & Peas came out number 1 in the vote in Tilda’s choose your new recipe social media campaign.
The Caribbean rice and peas is rice cooked in coconut milk mixed with kidney beans. In the Caribbean peas actually refer to kidney beans. In the UK we would expect green peas instead.
Tilda rice pouches are a great way to help make a meal in a hurry. Cook them in the microwave for two minutes and they are ready to serve. This new limited edition flavour is a great addition to the range. The subtle coconut flavour would go perfectly with a this Caribbean chicken one pot curry.
If you have a delicious home made rice recipe you may want to submit it to Tilda Basmati to be considered for the next limited edition pouch. Simply suggest your two favourite flavours and you will be in with a chance to win a £1000 cash prize. If you win you will also receive an exclusive flavour creation experience at the Tilda kitchens and the chance to see your creation come to life. The new recipe will then hit the shelves in February. Will you #RiceToTheChallenge? Enter on the Tilda Basmati website: https://www.tilda.com/live-well/campaign/choose-your-flavour/
Cooking Persian Jewelled rice involves steaming it slowly in a pan with butter. The rice ends up soft with a golden buttery crust on the underside. You need to be careful to cook the rice on a low heat so that it does not burn. The resulting dish is the perfect accompaniment for a spicy stew.
The original recipe uses raisins or burberries instead of raspberries. Nuts are often stirred into the mixture before serving. Almonds and pistachios are the usual choice. Raspberries work really well, adding a lovely touch of sweetness into the savoury rice.
A flavourful and tasty steamed rice
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