If you think that my oat intake is extreme, you should see how much rice I eat on a weekly basis. I may not talk about it as much, but rice has been a staple in my diet for pretty much my entire life.
I have always loved it drizzled with it a bit of soy sauce (now tamari). And it’s typically a quick and no-fuss lunch topped with sauteed green beans or peas and onions.
This was one of those times.
Thanks, in a large part, to Mark Bittman and his Food Matters Cookbook. As it was the inspiration for this recipe.
It was creamy comfort in a bowl with a little crunch from the almonds and a subtle sweetness from the apricots and oranges. Filling, too, thanks to the humble chickpea.
Even took on a bit of a risotto texture, due in large part to cooking the rice ahead of time in the rice cooker.
While this dish is certainly filling enough to make it worthy of main course status, I think it would be even better paired with a more savory dish to help balance out some of the sweetness.
I’ll let you decide which works best for you.
Rice Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds
- 1 cup uncooked brown basmati rice
- 1/2 cup slivered or chopped almonds
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup red onion chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- juice of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook rice in rice cooker or according to package.
Meanwhile, put the almonds in a large deep skillet over medium heat.
Toast, stirring often, until they begin to brown but don’t burn, about 5-10 minutes. Pay attention, as they turn quickly! Remove from pan and set aside.
Add oil to skillet, and when hot, add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion softens and begins to turn golden, 5-7 minutes.
Add cooked rice to pan, along with juice from the orange and cider.
Cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed, 5-10 minutes.
Stir in apricots, chickpeas, almonds, and parsley. Cover and remove from heat.
Let pilaf sit for at least 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Allergen InformationNightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.