As you know I've been busy experimenting with my Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO which is a multi cooker meaning is can also be used as a slow cooker. But as it's also a pressure cooker it can cook Slow or Fast. It also has Induction technology which means food cooks evenly.
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.