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Saffron-Sesame Rice with Pine Nuts

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Category: Rice, Side Dishes

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Water
  • 1 Vegetable bouillon cube
  • 2/3 c Brown basmati rice
  • 1 ts Saffron threads
  • 1/4 c Hot water
  • 1/4 c Pine nuts
  • 2 tb Margarine
  • 1 Shallot, peeled & minced
  • 2 Scallions, minced
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tb Tahini
  • 1/4 c Parsley, fresh, minced
  • 1 tb Sesame seeds
  • Black pepper, to taste


Combine water & bouillon cube in a small, heavy pot.
Bring to a boil, stir in the rice, cover & simmer
until all the water is absorbed, 35 to 40 minutes.
Combine the saffron & hot water & let steep till
needed. In a small, dry skillet, toast the pine nuts
over moderate heat until they are lightly browned,
about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Once rice is done,
heat margarine in skillet. Add minced shallot & saute
over low heat until golden. Stir in rice, soaked
saffron with its water, scallions, lemon juice &
tahini. Cook over very low heat, stirring, for 10
minutes. Add more water if necessary. Stir in the
pine nuts, parsley & sesame seeds. Season with
pepper. Serve at once.

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