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Try This Delicious Jeweled Rice for Your Next Fall or Holiday Gathering. World Cuisine Today Magazin

Growing up, I prepared many meals for my younger sisters and family. To liven things up, I became intrigued with all the ways in which people cook for special occasions in different countries. I've always been interested in the cooking of the former Persian empire which was a crossroads from the nations of the far east and the far west of the Orient. A Persian friend once explained to me, that kings used to balance their meals between spicy and savory main courses, and cooling foods like yogurt with mint, Labneh with herbs and other less spicy items. It was referred to as blending hot and cold foods. The idea was, if the king ate in a balanced manor, hopefully he would rule the empire in a balanced manor as well! So, when planning your next family feast, try some Jeweled Persian Rice and feel a little more royal with your guests. This dish goes well with a Honey or Pomegranate Glazed Chicken or with a Lamb Stew or pan roasted Saffron and citrus chicken. Mint tea is a great accompaniment.

Jeweled Persian Rice


Two cups Basmati style or long grain rice

3 cups vegetable broth or water

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup orange juice

One large yellow or white onion minced

Two large cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, canola oil or clarified butter

One Tablespoon sweet paparika

One teaspoon Kosher salt or sea salt