Since we eat a lot of rice in this house I thought I'd see if I could make Persian Jewelled Rice - oh my goodness how exotic am I?!
I've referred to my recipe as 'Persian-style' because proper Persian or Iranian Jewelled Rice as it's sometimes referred to, has a lovely golden crust on the bottom which I didn't attempt to do using the multi-cooker (it's not to say it can't be done but I haven't tried as yet). Anyway I was really pleased with the result; so many flavours and different textures and of course it means you are eating, rice, nuts and fruit all in one dish which has got to be a good thing 😉
Don't you just love all the colours and textures? A mix of nuts, seeds, carrot, sultanas and orange peel and rose petals - yep rose petals but not from roses in the garden! These are proper dried rose petals that are for use in cooking. Available from Amazon although I got mine at the Good Food show.
So in my bid to get healthier for #Jumpstart17 my Jewelled rice had to happen as it's a great way to liven up boring plain rice. In any case, how impressive is it to say 'Oh I just rustled up some Persian Jewelled Rice'?!
Although the rose petals are dried they come to life once added to a tiny bit of liquid; I just put them in a bowl along with a tiny bit of water for 10 minutes before adding to the nut, seed and fruit mixture. By the way in case you're wondering, where to buy barberries I got mine in Waitrose; in fact they probably sell rose petals too.
Please note: Although this amount of rice and water comes just below the minimum mark in the cooking pan it does work!
Below is the recipe to cook in the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO but you can of course just cook the rice in the usual fashion and cook the carrot and onion mixture in a frying pan. Then add the mixture to the cooked rice and give it a stir. Cover for a couple of minutes so it warms through with the heat of the cooked rice.
To serve 2 you will need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 g unsalted butter
1 medium onion - peeled and chopped into small dice
1 carrot - peeled then cut into long thin strips
3 slices of orange peel using a Y-Peeler - sliced into thin strips then cut into 1 cm lengths
pinch saffron and 2 teaspoons of sugar - use a pestle and mortar to grind to dust
1 x Pressure Cooker PRO measuring cup which equals 120g Basmati Rice
400ml cold water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cardamon pods - lightly bashed to release their flavour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon Barberries - soak in hot water for 10 minutes; drain then chop
3 tablespoons golden sultanas
2 tablespoons toasted almond slithers
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
small handful of dried edible rose petals - soak in a tiny bit of hot water for 10 minutes then drain
Add the oil and butter to the cooking pan. With the lid open and the pressure knob set to close. Select 'Deep Fry' and set the temperature to 165C to heat the oil. Put the onion in a stir for a couple of minutes before adding the carrot and orange peel. Stir for a couple more minutes.
Now add the cinnamon and cumin. Give it a mix then almost immediately, use a slotted spoon remove the onion mixture from the pan and into a bowl and set aside. Leave the oily butter in the cooking pan but give the sides a wipe with a damp piece of kitchen paper just to tidy it up.
Add the rice to the cooking pan and stir to coat in the butter.
Cancel the deep fry program and add in the cold water, salt and the 2 cardamon pods.
Close the lid and turn the pressure knob to 'Close' and set the machine to 'White Rice' and the cooking time to 20 minutes.
Now add the barberries to the bowl with the onion, carrot and orange peel mixture along with the sultanas, pumpkin seeds and almonds and rose petals. You can add a tiny drizzle of oil if you think it looks a bit dry.
Turn off the machine then carefully stir the carrot an spice mixture into the rice. Close the lid and leave for a few minutes before serving - this will warm the carrot and spice mixture through.
This is great in a lunch box but just be sure to store rice correctly.
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It really is a great machine and I've used mine loads over the past couple of weeks. It's such a time saver in the kitchen. I even made a Vegetable Pasta Bake with no need to cook the pasta first. The whole dish is cook directly in the multi-cooker which means less to wash up!
Check out how Tracy is getting on with her Pressure Cooker PRO over at 'It's Not Easy Being Greedy' - Don't you just love the name of her blog!
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