Note to self: never make popcorn to snack on while trying to complete a task. I thought I could eat popcorn AND write this post, but I was wrong. I started shoving popcorn, by handful, down my throat and I didn’t stop until it was all gone. So much about multitasking.
Second note to self: always take time to make Kurdish rice pilaf as opposed to the regular rice, because it is just so amazing.
Kurdish Rice Pilaf
I discovered the recipe for this rice pilaf on a Croatian cooking website Coolinarika. The contributor is a woman by coincidence from my hometown in Bosnia and who now lives in Virginia Beach, VA. Isn’t that funny? You live in the same city and don’t know each other yet years later and miles away you meet over the internet. So is the life.
The rice pilaf prepared Kurdish way is light and airy. The crunchy naan bread underneath it is the perfect companion. Serve it alongside dishes with rich sauces like Italian chicken or French onion chicken. Try it also with red wine goulash and meatballs stroganoff!The contrast of the crunchy naan bread and fluffy rice is incredible; you will never make… Click To Tweet
1 cup Basmati Rice
1 Naan Bread, broken into bite size pieces
¼ cup Oil
¼ teaspoon Caraway seeds, optional
3 teaspoons salt
4 cups Water
Rinse rice with hot water. Cover rice with water and let soak for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size saucepan bring water and salt to boil. Drain the rice and add to the boiling water. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Rice is cooked when it floats to the surface.
Drain the rice again and leave it in the sieve for few minutes. Mix in caraway seeds if using.
Meanwhile, in the same saucepan, heat one tablespoon oil. Remove from the heat and cover the bottom of the pan with naan bread pieces. Gently spoon the cooked rice over naan bread. Do not press down.
Using a wooden spoon handle, poke few holes in the rice. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. In the meantime, heat the remaining oil over high heat just until it starts smoking. Pour hot oil slowly over the rice. Place paper towel over the pan and cover with lid. Cook on the lowest setting for about 5 minutes.
To serve, spoon the rice onto a serving plate and arrange bread pieces around.
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