Orange Persian Rice
Butter, 2 tablespoons
Rice, 1 1/3 cups (uncooked)
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Raisins, 3/4 cup
Red pepper powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Gingerroot, 1 piece (grated or finely minced)
Chicken broth, 2 1/2 cups
Orange juice, 1 cup
Fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon (chopped)
Orange zest (grated before juicing), 1 tablespoon
Almonds, 1/4 cup (slivered and toasted)
Melt butter in a small Dutch oven, or medium-sized sauce pan, over medium heat. Add rice, stirring constantly until rice is lightly browned.
Add salt, raisins, red pepper flakes, grated ginger-root, chicken broth and orange juice.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for five minutes.
Add fresh parsley (optional), grated orange zest, and toasted almonds.
Serve hot with yogurt or pickles.
Health Benefits of Raisins
Raisins are indispensable when it comes to dry fruits. Those golden, green or black colored delicacies are favorites of almost everybody, especially children.
They are widely used worldwide in cuisines (especially in desserts), health tonics, snacks and also as food for mountaineers, trekkers, etc.
Obtained by drying grapes (green or black), either in sun or in driers, raisins look like golden, green or black gems. Indeed, they are like gems when their nutritional values and health benefits are considered.
Constipation: When ingested, raisins swell as the fiber present in them in dried form absorbs water. This helps give relief in constipation.
Weight Gain: Raisins, like all dry fruits, are very good for gaining weight, as they are full of fructose and glucose, and give a lot of energy. Thus, they form an ideal part of the diet for either athletes or body builders who need a lot of energy or those who want to put on weight, without accumulating cholesterol.