Food & dining

Recipe for rice pilaf with cashews and herbs

Serves 8

3tablespoons canola oil
1teaspoon butter
2onions, sliced
2teaspoons curry powder
½teaspoon ground cardamom
¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
cups basmati rice
3cups chicken stock, heated to boiling
1cup whole roasted cashews
cup fresh cilantro, roughly torn
¼cup fresh dill, roughly torn
1bunch scallions (white and light green parts only), chopped

1. In a large, flameproof casserole over medium-high heat, heat the oil. When it is hot, add the butter. Cook the onions, stirring often, for 8 minutes or until softened. Add the curry powder, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes more.

2. Add rice and stir well. Add the boiling stock and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes (stir occasionally after 10 minutes), or until rice is tender.

3. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Add the cashews, cilantro, dill, and scallions. Stir well, taste for seasoning, and add more salt and pepper, if you like.

Luke Pyenson