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


  1. In a heavy bottom pan at medium heat pour the ghee followed by the nuts and raisins.
  2. Toss it around until it’s little toasted then take the nuts and raisins.
  3. To the same pan now add the whole spices and let it sizzle for a minute. Then scatter the onions and season with salt.
  4. Cook the onion until mild golden color.
  5. Scatter the rice and toss it around for few seconds.
  6. Add water, season with salt, add the saffron and give it a mix. Allow the rice to cook through completely.
  7. 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.
  8. Fluff it with a fork and serve with some pomegranate and fresh mint on top, along with finely chopped cilantro.