Saffron Rice Pilaf with Pistachios & Pomegranate


Inspired by Persian jeweled rice, we jazz up a packet of precooked rice with saffron-infused milk and other warming spices—cardamom, turmeric and cinnamon—then top with sweet and salty bites of raisins, pistachios and pomegranate arils.

Saffron Rice Pilaf with Pistachios & Pomegranate
Photo: Charlotte & Johnny Autry
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk

  • 8 saffron threads

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cooked brown rice, heated according to package instructions

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • cup golden raisins

  • cup shelled unsalted pistachios

  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)


  1. Place milk in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High just until heated through but not boiling, 15 to 20 seconds. Stir in saffron and let soak for 10 minutes.

  2. Combine rice, cardamom, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and the milk mixture in a medium bowl. Top with raisins, pistachios and pomegranate arils.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
7g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 43IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 4IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 239mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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