DIY Jeweled Rice Pilaf Mix for a Gift from Your Kitchen

Jeweled Rice Pilaf Mix

Give a Savory Food Gift this Holiday Season

Persian Jeweled rice is a dish that is made for special occasions, I am guessing because it looks so festive, and the taste is exotic and unexpected. It’s not just plain old rice pilaf.

I love to give gifts from my kitchen for holiday gifts, but I wanted to make something that isn’t just the usual cookie or brownie mix in a jar. I wanted something savory that will require minimum fuss to go from jar to table.

This jeweled rice pilaf mix fits the bill perfectly. It only takes a few  minutes of prep time, and then your friends and family will think you have been slaving for hours.

I did substitute a few things to keep the cost down. Traditionally, saffron would be used, but I added a little curry powder for taste and color. And, the traditional nut is pistachios, but I like pecans. You can use whatever spice and whatever nut you like.

The flavors and textures are such an unexpected treat – sweet and salty, soft and crunchy – a party in your mouth!

Just put this mix in layers in a pretty jar and attach the directions and there you have it – the perfect food gift!


2 cups long grain rice
1/2 cup diced dried fruits
1/4 cup nuts, such as walnuts, pecans or pistachios
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons dried parsley leaves

1 tablespoon candied orange peel (directions below)

Layer in decorative jars to give as gifts. Will store in cool dry place up to 3 months.

Directions for cooking pilaf:

Heat a large stockpot to medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and then add Jeweled Rice Pilaf Mix. Stir and cook until rice is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in 5 cups of vegetable or chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until liquid is no longer visible above the top of the rice mix. Uncover and cook another 3 minutes, letting liquid evaporate. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.


Remove the peel from one orange with a vegetable peeler. Cut peel into thin strips. Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Add orange peel strips and reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove orange peel strips and let cool. Dice peel.

Food bloggers do jeweled rice:

Persian Jeweled Rice, Little Ferraro Kitchen
Jeweled Rice, Emmy Cooks
Persian Jeweled Rice, Vintage Kitchen Notes

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