Rice to Accompany Fish

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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Most Middle Eastern fish dishes are accompanied by rice. The traditional Arab rice for fish is cooked with pine nuts and coloured pale yellow with saffron.


  • Oil
  • ¼–½ teaspoon saffron
  • 500 g (1


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy saucepan. Stir in the saffron and throw in the washed and thoroughly drained rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir well over high heat until the rice acquires a yellow, transparent glow. Add boiling water equal to the volume of rice used (