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Saffron-Sesame Rice with Pine Nuts

When cooking a rice dish, I like to make extra to have as leftovers. You’ll get about two extra servings from this simple brown rice pilaf recipe.

Serves: 4 to 6 as a side dish

  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 3/4 cup long-grain brown or brown Basmati rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • Juice of l/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine 2 cups of water and the bouillon cube in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir in the rice, then cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat and cover.

Combine the saffron with 1/4 cup hot water in a small container and let steep until needed.

In a small, dry skillet, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes, shaking or stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Stir the saffron water and pine nuts into the cooked rice, followed by the remaining ingredients. Serve at once.

Note: If saffron is unavailable, substitute an equal amount of turmeric.


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