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Herbed Rice with Raisins   Veg  HT  ACC  50mins plus standing



Serves 6   Hot  Vegetarian  Vegan  Grains Herbs  Dried Fruit  Nuts  Accompaniment  Gluten Wheat Dairy Free  Eggless



For the Raisins

150g/+5oz Raisins 

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 

60ml/2fl.oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

2 tbsp freshly chopped Thyme 

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed 

Black Pepper

For the  rice

3 tbsp Olive Oil 

2 tbsp Pine Nuts 

1 Onion, finely chopped

400g/14oz Long Grain Rice 

600ml/20fl.oz. Water 

˝ teasp Ground Cinnamon 

Salt and Pepper 

3 tbsp freshly chopped Dill 

3 tbsp freshly chopped Mint 

3 tbsp freshly chopped Parsley




1.  In a mixing bowl, mix together the raisins, vinegar, oil, thyme, garlic and pepper. Cover and set aside to stand for at least 2 hours at room temperature, stirring from time to time.


2. Heat ˝ a tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan, add the pine nuts and sauté gently for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


3.  Add the remaining olive oil, and heat until hot. Add the onions and sauté, stirring, until golden. 


4. Add the toasted pine nuts and rice and stir to coat then add the water and season with salt, pepper and cinnamon. 


5. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat , cover and cook gently for 20 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed, adding a little more water if necessary.


6. Remove from the heat and allow to stand  for 10 minutes. 


7. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well with a fork then transfer to a warmed serving platter and garnish with  the raisin mixture.



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Key techniques required to make this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


Freezing/Make ahead

Not suitable


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Main equipment required to make this Recipe


Chopping Knife


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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