Basmati Rice Dressing with Dried Fruit, Toasted Almonds, and Coconut

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups dried apricots, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cups slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Nutritional Information:
  • CALORIES 481(52% from fat)
  • FAT 28g (sat 11g)
  • CHOLESTEROL 31mg
  • CARBOHYDRATE 54g
  • SODIUM 514mg
  • PROTEIN 8.9g
  • FIBER 4.2g

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 2- to 2 1/2-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 1/2 cups water and the rice to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed and rice is tender to bite, about 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine dried apricots and cranberries. Cover with boiling water and let stand until fruit is plump about 15 minutes. Drain.
  3. Place coconut and almonds in two separate 10- by 15-inch baking pans. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes for coconut, 8 to 10 minutes for almonds.
  4. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and red and green bell peppers; stir until onion is limp, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add ginger, garlic, curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cardamom, orange peel, lime peel, and cinnamon; stir just until spices are aromatic, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked rice, dried fruit, almonds, and coconut. Spoon into a shallow 3-quart baking dish and cover with foil.
  5. Bake until hot in the center, about 30 minutes.

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