You can make this the day ahead and warm in the oven if you wish. I was about to call this a delicious Middle Eastern recipe but suddenly I realized Morocco isn’t part of the Middle East! Check out all of our EASY SIDE DISHES here! I cannot afford saffron, would turmeric be an acceptable substitute? Great idea regarding the pods, I’ll edit the recipe accordingly! Thanks! It starts with how fragrant everything is and how you go about each step in your preparation. Searching for recipes with festive character? This pilaf is perfect as a side dish, especially during holidays and celebrations, because all the spices, the almonds and the dried fruit give it a festive character and a rich taste! Then add the … Moroccan Rice Pilaf: Fragrant, Fluffy and Delicious: Super easy to make and impressive enough your guests will love it as a side dish for any holiday party! Don’t miss this Lebanese rice and lentil pilaf (Mujadara)! When cooked it tends to be tender, not stick together and fluffy. Dried fruit really add to this dish, but try not to overdo it because it can become overly sweet. Located in Northwestern Africa, Morocco is an African country with many European and Middle Eastern influences (probably the reason for my confusion). Sign up for the mailing list here where it says “join the west via midwest community” for more recipes for entertaining with out any stress! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Basmati rice gets cooked with dried fruit and spices for an unforgettable experience! ~ Michele. In a large pan heat the pan to medium high, add olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Great minds think alike! Liked this pilaf recipe? You can use the rice, berries, dried fruits, nuts and flavor additions that you enjoy. Hi Macie, There is a LOT of information in this post so you can make some substitutions successfully and how to make it completely your own but if you just want the recipe as listed by all means scroll down directly to the recipe below! Thank you for this recipe…it’s currently my go to recipe for wowing guests. What is long grain rice medley? It’s also a nicely seasoned rice recipe that provides a tasty option for your friends that are GF, DF, and V.  To top it all off it’s easy to make which is always a winner in my book! Learn how your comment data is processed. And if you’re fond of spices and dried fruits then you’re going to LOVE this Moroccan baked chicken with 11 spices! It’s my go to for a Moroccan lamb side. A traditional pilaf style: sweat an onion, stir in the rice and seasonings, add liquid, cover, and simmer over very low heat until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients (except the saffron) in a very large skillet or shallow stock pot. Copyright © 2020 West Via Midwest | Trellis Framework by Mediavine. Thank you so much Megan! It looks so yummy!!!!!! Share this post if you liked it (share buttons at the top!) Add cumin, allspice, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, pepper and rice and stir until rice gets a white color, about 2-3 minutes. Jasmine Rice– originally long grain rice grown in Thailand, floral like flavor, soft stickier texture. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Place the onion and the olive oil in a large pot and sauté under medium heat for 2-3 minutes. The Instant Pot method: use the sauté function first to sweat the onion and garlic; then cover … I know 8 is a lot, but I promise you’ve probably had most of them and nothing is totally weird.