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Middle Eastern Raisin Rice

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4


    • 2 cups long grain white rice
    • 4 cups water, approximately
    • 1/4 cup golden raisins
    • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
    • 1/8 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon saffron (optional)
    • plain yogurt, for serving


  1. Wash rice well. Place 2 cups rice in a rice maker (or pot), add 4 cups water, or enough water to just cover the rice with no grains sticking out.
  2. Add raisins, salt, cinnamon, saffron (optional) and then drizzle olive oil around in a circle over the rice mixture. Mix well with spoon so rice and ingredients are blended together. There should be enough cinnamon added to give off a strong scent of cinnamon. Adjust amount as needed.
  3. Cook rice in rice maker or pot and after rice is cooked, stir ingredients together one more time. Spoon onto large platter and serve with plain, nonfat yogurt.

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