I found the basis for this recipe in the little cookbook "Cooking of the Gulf" and changed it a little to better suit my taste (more! saffron!!). In Arabic it is called Ruz Buhârî (رز بخاري), which means "Rice from Bukhara". This is a very typical Saudi Arabian dish and a staple for any Saudi. Other versions of this dish are popular everywhere in the middle east.
I really like Ruz Buhârî, it's easy to prepare and tastes delicious sweet&sour and has a slightly decadent taste because of all the spices and especcialy the saffron.
For 3-4 Servings
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 150 g minced beef
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
- 1/2 teaspoon baharât
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- 4 table spoons almond silvers
- 3 table spoons pistachio
- 2 table spoons butter (for a kosher or lactose free version: use olive oil)
- 3 table spoons raisins
- black pepper
In a frying pan over medium heat, heat to butter and fry the meat until browned. Add baharât and rice. Dissolve the saffron seeds in 1/2 cup of water, add it to the rice. Add rose water, 2 table spoons almonds silvers, pistachios and raisins and fry for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, sprinke 2 table spoons almond sivers over it.