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Thursday, June 24, 2010

LEMON-CURRY RICE WITH GOLDEN RAISINS (from Robin Miller Quick-Fix Meals)


It takes just a few ingredients to turn a simple side dish into a memorable one. This Indian-inspired recipe is rich with the flavors of curry and raisins and excellent with grilled shrimp, steak, and chicken or as a bed for meat and vegetable stews.
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups quick-cooking white rice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup golden raisins
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the broth, curry powder, and cumin in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the rice and lemon zest, cover, and remove from the heat. Let stand until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, stir in the raisins, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Save time and cook the whole dish in the microwave for 4 minutes on HIGH instead of on the stove. 

Raisins are an antioxidant powerhouse, stimulating the body to burn up its own cholesterol.

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