FFWD – Cardamom Rice Pilaf

Right away when I saw the title of this recipe, I knew I was going to love it!  Actually cardamom is a relatively new spice for me.  The first time I’d ever used it was, oddly enough, for another one of the FFWD recipe selections.  I was immediately smitten with the heady, spicy and slightly lemony flavor it imparts.

Dorie’s recipe (found on page 382 of Around My French Table) starts with basamati rice, cardamom (I used ground as that’s what I had in my pantry) and lemon zest to top off the completed pilaf.

To pay homage to my first introduction with cardamom, I knew I also had to include carrots into my rice as I loved that flavor combination so much.  Not satisfied with stopping at carrots, I also added some frozen peas, pine nuts and little squeeze of honey to finish her off.  Mmmmm ~ Delicious!  Spicy with a mild sweetness that tickled our taste buds and the soft buttery crunch from the pine nuts was amazing!

I’m proud to say that Dorie herself has seen my pilaf and was kind enough to tweet me back regarding it:
@kudoskitchen “The pilaf looks great. Glad you liked the add of cardamom – a great spice. Try it in a plain loaf or Bundt cake.”

Thanks for the recipe and for the suggestion Dorie, can’t wait to try that too 🙂
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  1. Your pilaf looks so amazing with all the different colors and textures! Even Dorie noticed ;-). And aha, do I see the addition of butter there somewhere?

  2. It didn't even occur to me to add extras to this rice. Yours looks great! And that's awesome that Dorie wrote you!

  3. Your pilaf looks like a beautiful, complete meal in itself. The Dorie recognition was super well deserved!

  4. Looks like a punched-up fried rice – I'd love to have a bowl of that for lunch today! 🙂

  5. Yeah for you! The carrots were a great idea. It makes me think of the glazed carrots we did.

  6. Foodiva ~ You mean the recipe didn't call for butter? LOL! Everything's better with butter!

  7. Cher ~ Yes, that's why I added the carrots to my pilaf. Now, everytime I think of cardamom, I think of carrots 😉

  8. I was wondering what you were going to do to add your own uniqueness to this challenge. You never disappoint! Looks wonderful with all your additions.

  9. I love your additions too! I have a leftover edamame and bean salad that I will be mixing into the leftovers to make a proper dish, not just a side dish. Yay for Dorie loving your post!

  10. I think your add-ins might make me like this dish a whole lot more as I found the original trying too hard to flavor itself. Great idea!

  11. What a great idea and yummy looking results. I stuck to the very basics and barely tweaked this one out at all late one evening (my post explains how I walked from room to room late one night getting my family to try it :)but Nana and I loved the results and will be back to tweak with add ins next time. Love the ones you selected and esp liked the pine nuts. Great job and congrats for the tweet from Dorie – WOW.

  12. Wow, your pilaf looks great with your additions.

  13. I love how colorful your pilaf came out, Renee! I'm going to add "stuff" to mine next time. I think with enough veggies and maybe some leftover chicken, it could become a main dish meal. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. I would have never thought to add all those extra ingredients, but the end result looks wonderful!

  15. Your rice really looks fantastic!
    The photos are wonderful and the combination is so creative! Very impressive!

  16. Yummy! I love the addition of the veggies and the pine nuts. Wow!

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