Marianne’s Special Rice

By Nancy Ness


Serves: 4 servings


Great served with Marianne's Lemon Chicken.



3 cups water

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1/3 handful

1/4 cup golden raisins, 2 handfuls

2 tablespoons currants, 1 handful

1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (from about 1/2 of the fruit)

1 1/2 cups enriched white rice

2 blades fresh chives, chopped

1 (3-ounce) bag sliced almonds, lightly toasted or 3 ounces smoked almonds



Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan. Add butter, cumin, raisins, currants, zest, and rice. Stir the rice and return to a rolling boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Remove from heat and add chives. Fluff rice with fork and transfer to a serving dish.


Cover rice liberally with toasted sliced almonds or smoked almonds.