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Selva's Summer Pilaf

Currants may be used in place of the chopped raisins in this recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: rice pilaf recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 349kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin - A Good Carrot


  • 1 large onion, yellow or white is fine
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts*
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 cups long grain white rice (basmati is my favorite here)
  • 3 cups water, or according to rice package instructions


  • Cut onion into medium dice. Roughly chop raisins. Chop fresh dill and mint.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in large pot with a tight fitting lid. Add onions and saute in until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add pine nuts and stir until lightly colored. Add raisins, spices, salt and pepper, and rice, saute for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Stir in half of the dill and mint, if using dried mint add it all here. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, stir, cover, and lower the flame and cook till no liquid is left and there are some holes in rice, according to package instructions, usually 15-20 minutes.
  • Once rice is cooked, remove from heat, remove the lid, and cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel. Put the lid back on over the towel and let it sit for 15-20 min with lid on. Then add the second part of fresh dill and fresh mint (if using) and stir. You can add a little sugar if needed, raisins are usually enough for the sweetness. Taste to adjust seasoning for salt.


*Whole almonds can be substituted for the pine nuts here, just chop them briefly before adding to cooking onion.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1.6mg