Basmati Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit

Serves 4-6


  • 3 Tbsp. ghee
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • 3¼ cups water
  • 2 tsps. Maharishi Ayurveda Organic Pitta Churna
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ dried apricots (chopped)
  • ½ cup pecans (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper


  1. Melt the ghee in a saucepan and add the Organic Pitta Churna.
  2. Fry lightly and add the rice. Stir continuously and coat the rice in the spices for about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add chopped celery, salt and water. Bring to a rollicking boil and add all the dried fruit to the mixture.
  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover tightly for 20 minutes.
  5. After the time is up, remove from heat and stir in the pecan pieces and the fresh ground pepper to taste.

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