Ayurvedic Recipe for Basmati Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits

This preparation serves 4-6 people and is an excellent side dish which can be eaten with curries or sweet raita. The preparation is also simple and not time consuming. It can be eaten as a main dish itself so that if you don’t have the time to cook a full meal, you can make do with this delicious pilaf.


Duration: 1hr


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The recipe is simple and does not require any grueling work on your part.

  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 3 tbsp of ghee
  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice
  • 3 ¼ cups water
  • 2 tspsayurvedic pitta churna
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ dried apricot chopped
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • Freshly ground black peppeR
  • Salt to taste
  • Melt the ghee in a saucepan and add the organic pitta churna.
  • If you are unable to find pitta churna or churnas pertaining to any other dosha then it is a good idea to substitute with garam masala.
  • Add the rice to this stir continuously till the rice is coated with the ghee this will take around 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add the salt, chopped celery and water, bring this to a boil and then add the dried fruits to this mixture.
  • Reduce the flame to simmer and place a tight cover on the saucepan.
  • It will take around 20 minutes for the rice to cook and become tender.
  • Once the rice is done, add the pieces of pecan and freshly ground pepper to the cooked rice.
  • Stir well so that the items added later mix well in the rice.
  • Basmati rice is diabetes and diet-friendly and is a good addition to your weight loss diet plan.
  • It helps in maintaining weight and promotes the health of the heart.
  • It helps in making your digestion better and alleviates constipation.
  • Studies have also proved that it reduces the growth of the cancer cells and prevents the formation of these cells in the first place.
  • Pecans contain monounsaturated fats like oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • They improve digestion, reduce the risk of cancer, help with weight loss have anti inflammatory and immunity boosting effects.