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Jewelled Rice in a pot with carrots, flaked almonds and sultanas on top

Jewelled Rice or Pilaf

This Jewelled Rice or Pilaf is fragrant, lightly spiced and makes a gorgeous side dish for middle eastern dishes, festive gatherings or celebratory dinners.

Course Sides
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Chicken and Rice, Jewelled Rice, Pilaf, Spiced Rice
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Rice Rest 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 587 kcal
Author Safira


  • 250 g Rice
  • 3 tbsp Flaked Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Ghee Or use Veg Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Cardamom Pods lighly bashed open
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 large Onion Diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 500 ml Chicken Stock or Veg
  • 75 g Sultanas
  • Pinch Saffron Optional, Soaked in a little boiling water


  • 3 tbsp Oil Vegetable
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp Fried Onions
  • 1/2 small Carrot Peeled then shredded, Optional


  1. Soak rice for 30 minutes. Then rinse in a sieve under a cold tap until the water runs clear.

  2. Lightly toast flaked almonds in a dry pan over medium heat until golden. Remove and set aside.

  3. Melt Ghee (if using) in a large pan over medium heat then add Oil. Add Cumin Seeds, Cinnamon Stick, Cardamom Pods and a Bay Leaf. Cook till fragrant - 1 minute.

  4. Add Onion and saute until golden brown. (About 10 minutes). Add Garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

  5. Add Rice and stir to coat.

  6. Add Stock, Sultanas and Saffron if using.

  7. Bring to simmer then immediately turn heat down to medium low and place a lid on the pot. Cook for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Then remove pot from the stove (still covered) and leave, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. Remove lid, use fork to fluff rice.

  8. Add Oil to a pan, once hot and add Garlic. Fry until lightly golden.

  9. Add Rice to a platter and top with fried Garlic, fried Onions, Flaked Almonds and Carrots.

Nutrition Facts
Jewelled Rice or Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 587 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 529mg15%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.