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Turkish Pilaf with Pistachios and Chickpeas

This is one of those dishes that taste better the second day, so plan for leftovers--or just cook it a day ahead.

Makes 6 servings.


1 cup brown basmati rice

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup raisins (or zereshk)


2 onions, minced

8 ounces eggplant, diced

1/2 cup fat-free vegetable broth

16 ounces chickpeas, cooked

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 large tomato, chopped

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 cup pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped

salt to taste

- Cook rice with water, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, raisins (or zereshk), and salt until rice is tender.

- Sauté onions in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until they begin to brown. Add the eggplant and cook for a few more minutes. Add the vegetable broth, cover, and cook until the eggplant is tender, about 8 more minutes.

- Add the cooked rice to the eggplant, along with the chickpeas and cinnamon. If dry, add a little more vegetable broth. Simmer for about 5 minutes, to allow flavors to combine. Just before serving, add the tomato and chopped parsley. Add salt to taste and serve topped with pistachios.

Optional: Soak a few of the zereshk in hot water; just before serving, drain them and toss them with the pilaf. They will hold together better than the zereshk that were cooked with the rice.

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