Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

This is other Afghani rice dish which is called yaqoot pilaf or Ruby pilaf, due to it’s gorgeous colour that is taken from the cherries and is a reminder of Ruby gem stone. Yaqoot means Ruby the precious gem stone.

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This rice dish is similar to an Iranian dish which is made with sour cherries , and  in following photo you can see a photo of this rice :

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)
  • ½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)
  • ½ tbsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Olive oil

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How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

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Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

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Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)

½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)

½ tbsp cardamom powder

½ cup water

Olive oil

How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

Green rice or herbed rice is popular in many countries. For example in Iran we make herbed rice with dill or other green rice which is mixture of fresh herbs including: coriander, parsley, dill, chives, fenugreek. In following photo you can see Persian herbed rice (Sabzi polow).

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Or there is a Mexican rice dish made with cilantro, and parsley. Among Indian rice dishes also are herbed rice meals.

My today recipe is Afghani green rice cooked in spinach and meat stock. In some versions of this rice dish there is a combination of spinach, dill and cilantro too. This gorgeous rice dish is called ‘ Zamarod pilaf’in native language.  ‘Zamarod’ means ‘Emerald’ the green precious gem stone. This rice dish is served in parties or wedding ceremonies.

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So, if you are or not Spinach lover, just give a try to this recipe and then you will just love it. Very tasty simple rice dish. The deep green colour of this rice comes from taking juice of blended spinach.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

 

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have  spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

 

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

 

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no necessity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes.

 

Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .

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Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

 

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped

1 large onion

300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked

1 tsp cumin

Pinch of pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have pure and filtered spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no neccesity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes. Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .