Orange Blossom Rice
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- 2 cups long-grain white rice
- 3 tablespoons corn or safflower oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
- 4 cups chicken broth store-bought or homemade, or veggie broth or water
- 2 tablespoons orange blossom water or the rind of an orange (trying to get the least amount of white pith, mostly the orange peel), agua de naranjo o de azahar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup raw and hulled pumpkin seeds lightly toasted
- Place rice in a bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for about 5 minutes. Strain and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear; drain well. If you don’t have time to soak and drain the rice, you can skip this step…
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan or casserole, over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the drained rice and cook, stirring often, until the rice becomes milky white and feels heavy in the pan as you stir, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the scallions and stir and cook until softened, 2 to 3 more minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, orange blossom water or orange peel, salt and stir. When the mixture starts to boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat to lowest setting and cook until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- If the rice grains don't seem soft and cooked through, add a bit more chicken stock or water and let it cook for another 5 more minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
- Serve and decorate with the lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.
13comments inOrange Blossom Rice
O voy preparar, gracias Pati. Amo tus recetas
Que amable Ana, mil gracias, ojala que te guste 😉
Beautiful rice, I’m making some tonight! Thanks for your wonderful recipes!!
Thank YOU Leonor!
Lovely idea, I’m making it today!
Looks yummy and can’t wait to try…. Out of curiosity, where would you get orange blossom water?
Try a speciality food market or online.
Middle Eastern market for sure.
Patti, this rice dish is unlike what I have made before. Love orange flavoring and toasted pumpkin seeds. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Sylvieann, xo
I like all the recipes in your show.