26 February 2008

Ricardo Larrivee's Almond & Pistachio Rice

Almond and Pistachio Rice
This seems to be Ricardo Larrivee week on my site. I made an entire meal from a Lebanese themed episode on the Food Network. Today I am offering you this delicious rice pilaf dish that paired very well with Ricardo's Falafels and Fattoush in previous posts. The simple flavours balanced very well with the rest of the meal. Ricardo's meal was more elaborate offering more dishes and serving more guests. If you would like to see the entire menu check it out here on the Food Network Canadian edition. You will have to do a little browsing but the bonus there is that you get to see plenty of other recipes from Ricardo. This post is short and sweet today as I am off to work early today. Catch you all next time :D Enjoy!!!

**Almond and Pistachio Rice**

2 onions, coarsely chopped
30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stick cinnamon
1 star anise pod
2 1/2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) ground coriander
375 ml (1 1/2 cups) converted rice
750 ml (3 cups) chicken broth
500 ml (2 cups) cooked chicken, shredded into large pieces (if desired)
60 ml (1/4 cup) toasted pistachios
60 ml (1/4 cup) toasted almonds

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the onions in the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the garlic, spices and rice. Continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring to coat the rice with the oil. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 25 minutes. Add the chicken, pistachios and almonds. Continue cooking until the chicken is heated through. Adjust the seasoning.

Serve garnished with cilantro leaves.

Serves 4 - 6

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  1. I love almonds and this looks just super!!

  2. I love love Pista in any dish. Looks gorgeous Valli!:)

  3. It all looks so good Val!! I just bought some bulgar to use with something else but if I have any left over I am going to make the falafel! Love the Almond and Pistachio rice too!

  4. I guess the rice in your previous dishes was this one.The ingredients are exotic and the aroma must have sent you to the moon.

  5. Oh my. I love nuts and rice. And this reminds me of my college Lebanese boyfriend whose grandmother hit me with a broom.
    I still loved her cooking. This recipe is something I will definitely try. Thank you!

  6. Mmm, looks delicious! I love nutty pilafs.

  7. Oh Val this is looking mighty good!! I also love almonds so it's a huge hit for me your dish!! :D

    Rosie x

  8. I wouldn't mind a plate of that!

  9. You are KILLING me Valli! Good thing I am going to another Med restaurant tonight! That way I can get another fix.

  10. I'm dreaming of having Ricardo in my kitchen.

    I discovered a new BC blog. Here it is: http://www.practicallydone.com/.

    I'm thinking of adding a 'BC Blog' category on my blog. I'll email you and we can share our list of BC Blogs.

    Have a good one.

  11. Almonds with rice and those spices are just amazing!

  12. The rice looks great Val! I'm a rice maniac as you are a potatoe maniac!!! :D

    However, Potatoes are Super for me too!!!!!

  13. Yum, Val! Ya know, I like rice. It is like pasta as you can make it to accompany any dish. Also rice is great for a dessert, where pasta is really not, although I think I saw Gidia use chocolate once with pasta. Anyhow, we used to eat rice with just butter and salt and pepper. But now that is sooo boring. All of your ingredients sound wonderful and I will be adding these to my next rice dish soon!

  14. That rice sounds tasty. I always like working more nuts into my diet. :)

  15. This looks so tasty! You've been a busy cook lately :)

  16. ay que rico!!! arroz con almendra!

    i may be trying this!

  17. Lovely sounding rice with pistachios and almonds. Yum.

  18. Oh yum! I could eat this kind of rice by the bucketload...

  19. Almond and pistachio rice? That sounds really good. I love to experiment with rice and this sounds like something I'd love to try.

    You are back to work? Well I guess you won't post as much as last week :( You spoiled us! Hehehe


  20. I need to try some of those exotic spices in my rice next time! it all sounds delicious Val, as usual!

  21. Hey,

    luvd ur blog all the recipes and the pics and am seriously happy to be adopted by you.
    I was out of the country on vaccation and got back only on Monday.
    Will mail u rite now with the details.


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