I could eat rice every day. I think it’s synonymous with most Middle Eastern foods. However, rice is a relatively new food to the region being brought by the Ottoman Empire when it came south. Before that Palestinians used Freekah or burghul in their cooking.
This is a simple and delicious rice dish that everyone loves. I normally serve it with chicken and salad.
1 cup rice
Large handful of skinless almonds (if you boil the almonds the skin comes right off)
small handful of pinenuts
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
- Rinse the rice until the water runs clear, the add it to a saucepan with 2 cups of water and salt
- Bring the rice to the boil, the reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid until all the water is gone (about 20 minutes)
- Meanwhile toast the nuts on a small frying pan on a medium heat (about 20 mins) and deep fry the cauliflower florets (about 5-8 mins) in the vegetable oil
- Serve the rice and cover with the almonds, cauliflower and pomegranate seeds