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Basmati Rice Pilaf

This basmati rice pilaf is oven baked with dried fruit, pine nuts and zaatar. Make this Middle Eastern recipe for a flavorful and easy side dish!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin



  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Trim and cut shallots into 1/4 inch rings. Scatter on bottom of large casserole dish (8x12"). Break the cinnamon stick into two pieces and add to the pan. Drizzle the oil over and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Bring the chicken stock or water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Remove pan from oven. Add the raisins, cherries, pine nuts, zaatar, salt, pepper and rice. Carefully pour the chicken stock or water over, gently stirring to mix. Cover tightly with foil to seal.
  • Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Remove foil, stir in chopped parsley, fluff the rice and serve immediately.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg