Basmati Rice with Raisins & Cashews

Basmati Rice with Raisins & Cashews

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

Golden raisins, toasted cashews and scallions jazz up basmati rice. Serve with Shrimp & Coconut Milk Curry.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped raw cashews, or almonds
  • 1 cup rice, preferably basmati, rinsed with cold water
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced


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  1. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add nuts and saute until toasted, about 1 minute. Add rice, raisins, salt, pepper and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. With a fork, fluff the rice and stir in scallions.
  2. Microwave Variation:
  3. Toss nuts with oil in a 2½-quart casserole. Microwave on High until nuts are golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add rice, raisins, salt, pepper and water. Cover casserole with a lid or vented plastic wrap and microwave on High power 5 minutes. Stir once, cover and microwave on Medium, without stirring, until rice is cooked, about 10 minutes more. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. With a fork, fluff the rice and stir in scallions.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 257 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 53 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 7 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 76 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 38 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 295 mg sodium; 193 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat

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