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!