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Made with Love: at home!

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Maria's Homemade Saffron Pilaf with Pomegranate

Updated: Aug 22, 2018

Serves 3-4

A beautiful combination of colors and flavors. A fragrant pilaf that can serve as a side dish. 


1 cup long grain rice, I prefer Uncle Ben's

3 cups water

1 cup Maria's homemade vegetable stock (find the recipe in Maria's Made with Love on pages 24-26)

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon saffron threads

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1) In a saucepan heat olive oil on medium-high heat.

2) Add the garlic and sauce for 1-2 minutes.

3) Add the rice and sauce for another 3-4 minutes.

4) Add the water, lemon juice, saffron, turmeric, salt, and freshly ground black pepper and bring to a low boil.

5) Reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for 35 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

6) Remove from heat, and let stand for 10-15 minutes

7) Fluff the pilaf with a fork and serve decorated with fresh pomegranate seeds.


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