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You'll need

  Pilaf 500 gm basmati rice 2 tbsp ground ginger 2 tbsp ground allspice 1 tbsp olive oil 100 gm vermicelli noodles, coarsely broken into pieces 50 gm (5 tbsp) ghee 20 gm barberries, rinsed and soaked in cold water for 5 minutes (see note) 100 gm flaked almonds, pan fried in olive oil until golden


  • 01
  • Rinse basmati rice under cold running water until water runs clear, then soak in salted cold water for at least 2 hours. Heat oil in a saucepan, add vermicelli and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until noodles turn dark brown, then set aside.
  • 02
  • In a wide pot, combine rice, spices and enough water to cover rice by 15mm. Cover pot and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add noodles to rice, stir to combine, cover and cook on low heat for 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice tender.
  • 03
  • Melt ghee in a frying pan over medium heat, add drained barberries and sauté until warmed through. Fold almonds through rice, spoon into a bowl, scatter over barberries and serve.

Note Barberries are sour red berries used in Middle Eastern cooking. They're available from Middle Eastern and specialty food stores.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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Jun 2007

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