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1 teaspoon warm water
1/8 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon diced shallot
1 cup brown basmati rice, soaked, rinsed, and drained well
1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 (1-inch) piece unpeeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Combine the warm water and saffron in a small bowl. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and saffron and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice is evenly coated with the oil. Stir in the water, salt, and ginger. Increase the heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Check after 20 minutes; if there are steam holes on the top, it’s ready. Remove ginger. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley and fluff with a fork to combine.
Variations: Substitute quinoa for the rice (no need to soak it first). For a dolled-up version of this dish, add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom when you add the saffron. Add 2 tablespoons of currants or raisins when you add the lemon juice, and substitute mint for the parsley. Serve topped with 3 tablespoons of toasted slivered almonds.
Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods. Copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.
(Photo Credit: Leo Gong)