A perfect dish for dinner, buffets or showers.
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice
2 tsp grated orange zest
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup roasted cashew pieces
1/4 cup chopped yellow peppers
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
3 scallions, minced
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground white pepper to taste
1 (8-oz.) can mandarin orange segments drained well
Step 1: In a 2-qt. sauce pot, bring the water, orange juice, orange zest, olive oil, and salt to a boil, and stir in the rice. Cover the sauce pot, and simmer the rice for 25-30 minutes, until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has totally evaporated.
Step 2: Empty the orange rice into a large mixing bowl and add the cashew pieces, peppers and scallions.
Step 3: Just before serving, season the rice with the salt and white pepper and add the drained mandarin orange segments to the rice, folding them in gently to prevent the oranges from breaking.
Reprinted with permission from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook by Steve Petusevsky (2002 Clarkson Potter/Publishers).