Soak 1 1/2 cups chopped dried fruit in 1/2 cup each warm water and dry sherry, 1 hour. Drain, reserving the liquid. Toast 1 tablespoon curry powder in 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet; add 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Toss with 8 cups al dente cooked basmati rice, 1/2 cup each toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley, the dried fruit, and salt and pepper. Bake as directed for Herbed Rice Stuffing.
Herbed Rice Stuffing: Brown 2 cups each chopped onions and celery in 6 tablespoons butter. Toss with 8 cups al dente cooked white rice, 1/4 cup each chopped parsley and chives, and
Photographs by Charles Masters
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