Ararat pilav (Rice with fruit)

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Ararat pilav (Rice with fruit)
Ararat pilav (Rice with fruit)
Leaving Yerevan (Armenia) .. .. in an empty train
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:808
Ready in:12 hours 40 minutes
Prep. time:12 hours 10 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:27th October 2012
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A festive recipe from Armenia. You will need to soak the apricots and prunes overnight.

For the rice

Ingredients

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For the pilav

Method

To cook the rice

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a moderate heat.
  2. Add the rice and fry, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the salt and boiling stock or water.
  4. Boil vigorously for 2-3 minutes, reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat and place a tea towel between the lid and the saucepan.
  6. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes, then fluff up the rice with a fork.

To make the pilav

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the nuts, dried fruits, cloves and sugar and cook over a low heat, stirring often until the nuts are golden and the sultanas are plump.
  2. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and keep warm.
  3. On a large serving platter, pile the rice into 2 separate peaks - a large one on the right and a smaller one on the left, to represent the shape of Mount Ararat.
  4. Place the apples between the peaks and fill the lined cores with the brandy.
  5. Arrange the fruit and nut mixture around the peaks to reach about half way up the mountain, leaving the upper part to resemble snow.
  6. Ignite the brandy and serve.

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