Fruit and Nut Rice

This rice is eye-opening. It is a gift from God. It can change your life...

Okay maybe I am exaggerating but it is really, really good. I don't use a recipe, so each time is is differently delicious...I am providing a link to a "real" recipe but mine is not nearly that complicated (or authentic)...

This time I made it with left over brown rice- about 3 cups.
Cut up one small butternut squash from our garden, 1/4 an onion, 1 clove garlic.
Drizzle olive oil in pan, saute the veggies until tender, add rice and a tablespoon of butter. Stir until coated, add 1 cup of water (since it was day old rice to rehydrate it) put a lid on it.
Got down my Indian spice tray, Mother-in-Law gave it to me with a lot of spice packets from World Market. Consequently, I don't know which spice is which...I smell them and add as much as I like to the rice. A little of this and a little of that.
I chop dried apricots and throw them in with raisins, dried chopped dates, and coconut. I had about 1/4 c pine nuts left and added those to about 1/2 cup chopped pecans and toasted them in a pan (without oil) until golden, then added them to the pot. Stir, stir, add more water if too dry, more butter if needed.

Voila! Done.

I serve with yogurt (Greek or sometimes Dannon french vanilla) and mango chutney.

I also sauteed some chopped chicken on the side for my protein, didn't feel like making a big dish out of it.

Also, grab some Naan bread if you can find it- perfect with this dish and great for scooping a bite of chicken and yogurt and chutney into your mouth.

This is a warm meal for a cold night, let me know if you try it and how it comes out!


  1. Rice is one of my current obsessions so this is right up my alley, especially since it encorporates nuts! Definitely going to try this one! I've only seen naan bread on t.v. but it looks delicious...not sure where I would get any though.

  2. This looks so good! Since I am the only one in my family who likes Indian food, I will just have to make it and eat it all myself.

  3. Hi there!
    I'm stopping by from Tattoos and Teething Rings. Wanted to congratulate you on your award---and this dish sounds delish. I LOVE butternut squash (in fact, I posted a recipe with it last week) and using up leftover things like rice.

    I also love "meeting" other new mommy bloggers. I have twin girls who are almost 4....very challenging. My blog is my outlet and I enjoy meeting others that way!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower!

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious!!!!

  5. This sounds so good my mouth is watering! Thank you for sharing - will definitely have to try it!

  6. Great idea for leftover rice! Thanks! I'm adding it tomy recipe stash.



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