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Persian Rice


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  • 1/4 cup each of any combination:
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice, rinsed in cold water
  • chopped dates
  • diced apricots
  • raisins
  • currants
  • prunes
  • dried figs
  • variety of toasted nuts: pine nuts, almonds etc.
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chives or green onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper



Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rice and cook until al dente but not mushy. Drain and let cool slightly. In a large saute pan on low heat, fry onion and garlic in butter and oil until golden and soft. Transfer rice to a large bowl and add all of the other ingredients, including the fat from the pan. Stir well until blended. Garnish with fresh herbs.


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