Pomegranate Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
The most important step in this recipe to is toasting the spices. Toasting the cumin seeds and coriander in the butter helps to deepen their flavor and get rid of any harshness. This creates a base flavor for the rice that gets freshened up with some sweet pomegranates and mint.


  1. Cook 2 teaspoons each minced ginger and garlic in butter in a saucepan, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon each cumin seeds and ground coriander and 2 strips lemon zest; toast 2 minutes. Stir in 1 1/4 cups basmati rice, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 10 minutes. Uncover and cook 3 more minutes. Fluff with a fork, season with salt and let stand 5 minutes. Toss with 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds and 1/4 cup each chopped mint and pistachios.