Ramadan Special: Aromatic Fried Rice with Nuts & Raisins

Ramadan Special: Aromatic Fried Rice with Nuts & Raisins

  • Servings: 4
  • Total Time:


  • 1 and ½ cup rice, washed and kept aside.
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamoms
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 or 2 mace flower
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 red onion (6 to 7 oz), finely chopped
  • ¼ cup assorted nuts,( cashew, almond, pistachio)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 3 cups water


  • In a heavy bottom pan at medium heat pour the ghee followed by the nuts and raisins.
  • Toss it around until it’s little toasted then take the nuts and raisins.
  • To the same pan now add the whole spices and let it sizzle for a minute. Then scatter the onions and season with salt.
  • Cook the onion until mild golden color.
  • Scatter the rice and toss it around for few seconds.
  • Add water, season with salt, add the saffron and give it a mix. Allow the rice to cook through completely.
  • Once the rice is cooked through, add the sugar and the toasted nuts, plus raisins. Mix it around, cover the pan and leave aside for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff it with a fork and serve with some pomegranate and fresh mint on top, along with finely chopped cilantro.