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Lemony Pilau with Toasted Pinenuts

There are several varieties of rice on my pantry shelf, but I confess to falling off the locavore wagon when it comes to this wondrous grain because the irrigation of Australia’s Murray – Darling Basin for the cultivation of rice on an industrial scale has led to degradation of both the land and the river system.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be eating rice at all, but then where would I be without risotto, paella, sushi, pilau, fried rice, pad Thai, steamed rice, rice pudding, rice flour, rice noodles, biryani, dolmades, stuffed vegetables, rice crackers, rice paper rolls and so on. We eat rice or a rice product at least three times a week, oh dear, that is a lot of carbon!! I must try to cut back…..

Pilau is not a new dish to me. I frequently make Carrot and Cashew Nut Pilau or a made up as I go  version of lemon pilau to serve as a side dish to plain grilled meat. I vary the ingredients according to what lemony ingredients I have on hand, zest, juice, thyme, preserves, occasionally I even change the rice for millet. Time to try someone else’s take on this delicious dish.

Slightly adapted from Greg Malouf’s Long Grained Rice with Lemon and Toasted Almonds from “New Feast,”  the buttery crunch of toasted nuts adds a lovely texture to this is intensely lemon rice. Delicious!

300g basmati rice

30 ml lemon infused oil

30g butter

1/4 cinnamon stick

6 cardamom pods

1 star anise

2 bay leaves

1 lemon

1 strip of orange rind

450ml hot vegetable stock

30g pine nuts

handful of fresh coriander leaves

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Use a vegetable peeler to take the zest off the lemon in wide strips without any pith.

Squeeze the lemon, then add the juice to the stock. Warm the stock.

Crush the cardamom pod.

In a medium saucepan heat the oil and butter then add the rice, spices and aromatics and toast  until golden.

Add the hot stock and bring to the boil. Cover the pot, turn the heat to the lowest setting and steam the rice for 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat but do not lift the lid of the pot. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes to completely absorb the stock.

While the rice is resting toast the pine nuts in a dry pan until golden. Set aside.

When the rice is ready, remove the cinnamon, zest and bay leaves, then fork through the coriander and pine nuts.

Serves 4


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

17 comments on “Lemony Pilau with Toasted Pinenuts

  1. Pingback: Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Browned Almonds | Please Pass the Recipe

  2. lulu
    March 22, 2015

    I am so enjoying perusing your posts and look forward to more.


  3. 365dniwobiektywielg
    March 20, 2015

    I see you like to eat


  4. Fae's Twist & Tango
    March 19, 2015

    Perhaps I shouldn’t be eating rice either, but how can I resist such a pretty plating!


  5. Eha
    March 19, 2015

    The consumption of so many foods leads us to reassess the ethics and morality of our actions. Rice is my main ‘carb’ about four times a week: a difficult choice most consumers would not even think of making is certainly there . . . Meanwhile very much like your pilau: have to make some lemon infused oil . . .


    • ladyredspecs
      March 19, 2015

      I’ve found so many uses for lemon infused oil, it’s now a pantry staple. All things in moderation….


  6. Margot @ Gather and Graze
    March 19, 2015

    This looks wonderful Sandra! Love the mix of spices you’ve used… look forward to trying this one.


  7. MamaD1xx4xy
    March 19, 2015

    Looks amazing. Sounds perfect now since I love lemon in the spring.


  8. Glenda
    March 19, 2015

    Hi Sandra, that looks and sounds great.


  9. My Kitchen Witch
    March 18, 2015

    Very nice! I do love a good pilau/pilaf/πιλαφι, especially when the rice is nice and fluffy, separate and not gluey. And, of course, lemon is great with anything.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. StefanGourmet
    March 18, 2015

    The technique reminds me of Mexican arroz blanco, which makes for a great texture indeed. With these spices it must be even better.


  11. Leah
    March 18, 2015

    yum, sounds fabulous xx

    Liked by 1 person

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