Fragrant Rice and Cashew Pilaf

The simple recipe highlights the aroma and flavor of brown Basmati rice, which you can find in supermarkets as well as specialty and natural foods stores. This tasty side dish can enhance many kinds of meals. It’s especially good with vegetable curries.

Serves: 6

  • 4 cups water with one vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 1/2 cups brown basmati or Texmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread
  • 3 to 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup toasted chopped cashew pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Bring the water and bouillon cube to a simmer in a large saucepan. Stir in the rice, cover, and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Stir the remaining ingredients into the rice, and serve.


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