Golden Pilaf with Apricots, Raisins and Almonds | GOYA

Golden Pilaf with Apricots, Raisins and Almonds

Fragrant GOYA® Basmati Rice is a staple of Indian and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Here, it stars in this spiced Indian-inspired side dish. Accented with cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and Sazón GOYA® with Saffron, this rice is highly seasoned and delicious. The best part? It’s foolproof! Simply sauté onions with the spices, add the rice, water, a splash of milk and dried fruit; in 15 minutes you’ll have a unique side dish that will be a welcome change of pace!

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 min.

Total time: 40 min.


2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ cup slivered, blanched almonds

½ yellow onion, finely chopped (about ¾ cup)

1 packet Sazón GOYA® with Saffron

1 tsp. salt.

½ tsp. ground cardamom

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. GOYA® Ground Cinnamon

1 box (12 oz.) GOYA® Basmati Rice

2½ cups water

½ cup whole milk

½ cup dried apricots, finely chopped

¼ cup raisins


1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds; cook, stirring frequently, until light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to small bowl; set aside.
2. In same saucepan, stir in onions; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add Sazón, salt, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice; continue cooking until rice is completely coated and begins to toast, about 1 minute.
3. Stir in water, milk, apricot and raisins; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, covered, until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Fluff with fork; garnish with reserved almonds and serve.

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