In a medium saucepan, sauté celery and onion in butter or oil until lightly browned. Add rice and ATHENIAN GARDEN SPICE and stir for 1 minute. Add water or broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender. Gently stir rice about half way through the cooking. When rice is done, give it another gentle stir. If it is sticking to the bottom of the pan, add a couple tablespoons of water. Cover and let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving. This rest period allows the rice to firm up so the grains will stay separated.
Try different SPICE BAZAAR BLENDS in this basic Pilaf recipe. Select the blend that will complement your main dish, letting your imagination be your guide. If the blend you select does not have salt, add 1/2 tsp with the rice.
- 1/2 c finely diced Celery
- 1/2 c finely diced Onion
- 2 tbsp Clarified Butter or Oil
- 1 c Parboiled Rice (Uncle Ben’s)
- 2 c low salt Chicken or Vegetable Broth, or water
- 2 tsp Athenian Garden Spice