Turkish Feast Pilaf: Sweet Rice with Currants and Pine Nuts

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To begin with, the Turkish Feast Pilaf is one of the most favorite rice in Turkey. The flavor comes from Turkey and people often use it as stuffing or serve with turkey. It is cinnamony and sweet because of the spices that rise contains. The rice goes very well with a Thanksgiving meal. This is also how and why you can cook this delicious flavor. However, you have to prepare the rice a day before and can eat at room temperature, no need to heat it again!

So, make yourself comfortable and get ready to love this delicious recipe. By the way, do not forget to share with us how your cook went and whether you like it!

The rice goes very well with a Thanksgiving meal. (Image Credit-A Plantiful Path)
The rice goes very well with a Thanksgiving meal. (Image Credit-A Plantiful Path)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Baldo Rice (or Arborio rice for risotto), washed
  • 3 medium-size onions, minced
  • 3 tablespoons currants
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, minced
  • 2.5 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 teaspoons allspice
  • 3.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil

How to Cook Feast Pilaf (İçli Pilav)?

  1. Heat the sunflower oil (high heat), add a pinch of salt, and saute the onions until they become yellow.
  2. In another small pan, saute the pin nuts in some oil until they become golden brown (be careful, they tend to burn very fast).
  3. Add the previously washed rice to the onions and stir for at least 8 min, until the rice becomes almost translucent.
  4. Add the pine nuts, currants, allspice, and sugar. Continue to stir.
  5. Add the tomatoes toward the bottom of the pan.

Turkish Feast Pilaf (İçli Pilav) is a kind of rice. (Image Credit-A Kitchen in Istanbul)
Turkish Feast Pilaf (İçli Pilav) is a kind of rice. (Image Credit-A Kitchen in Istanbul)

  1. Cover the rice with boiling water, add a tablespoon of salt and taste the water. Adjust sugar and/or salt if necessary.
  2. Put the chopped mint and stir gently, then reduce the heat by half.
  3. Bring to a boil again, stir, and low the heat, add some more boiling water to cover the rice, then cover the pan and let the rice cook for 20 minutes (depends on the rice).
  4. Check from time to time, stir gently. When the rice is cooked remove from heat and wait until tomorrow.

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