Fruited Basmati Rice
Everything about this dish just says tastes good, smells wonderful and the added benefit is that it is low in calories. It can be used as the main course or a side dish.
2 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice
1 Tbs olive oil
5 slices ginger root, chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seed
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Place the rice into a pan and rinse it with water to remove milky coating (until water runs clear). Bring to a boil in ample water. Reduce heat to very low, cover the pan and simmer.
Grate the peel from 1/2 and orange. Add to the simmering rice. Peel the ginger root, cut 5 slices, chop and stir them into the rice. Add the raisins and dried chopped apricots. Sprinkle the rice mixture with cumin. Cover and cook for a total of 30 minutes.
Just before serving, toast the almonds in a heavy saute pan until fragrant and light brown. Top each serving of rice with toasted almonds.
Nutrition (per serving): 285.0 calories; 12% calories from fat; 4.0 g total fat; 0.0 mg cholesterol; 5.0 mg sodium; 57.0 g carbohydrates; 2.5g fiber; 5.0 g protein.