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    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