A Quick and easy recipe for Pomegranate Almond Rice a.k.a. Christmas Rice – perfect to serve as a side to any main Festive meal, which might just steal the show !
Looking for a new side dish, specifically a rice side dish, recipe to serve with your Christmas roast ? I have you covered with this delicious Pomegranate Almond Rice recipe !
The rice does not only look Festive but actually tastes like Christmas as well, if you know what I mean. Almonds always adds a nice flavor and crunch to a rice dish.
Add Pomegranate seeds, a bit of Lemon juice for zesty-ness, and you have a winner, which might just become a favorite side dish for years to come.
Normally, I miss out on Pomegranate seeds, or the whole fruit for that matter. However, this year we finished all our holiday shopping, including groceries, during the first week of December.
And, unlucky me, usually wait too long to get to the stores to grab some limited edition sweets, treats and seasonal fruits. Pomegranates are always one I miss, but not this year !
As soon as I noticed them in the vegetable section at the supermarket, I grabbed a couple of tubs.
The seeds are not only delicious in various recipes like this Pomegranate Almond Rice but also in drinks. Have a peek at my Christmas Cocktail as well.
Besides using the Pomegranate seeds in recipes, I also love, love to snack on them ! My family prefers them in a recipe, especially this rice dish which is also know in our house as Christmas Rice.
Soo, the snacking part is just for me ! Straight out of the tub, as is.
My kids have always loved this rice dish and would choose it over any other rice any time of the year. Festive season or not.
Nutty with a bit of zest, a little sweetness from the Pomegranate seeds, and above all the crunchy texture, makes everything just work in this rice dish.
Christmas Rice is such a no nonsense recipe !
The recipe is so quick and easy to make. It is basically rice cooked in vegetable stock for that extra bit of flavor, and once the rice is cooked, it gets all tossed together with the remaining ingredients. Easy, right ?
And if you are cooking for a crowd, all the ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled. Even more if need be, but I will leave you to work that one out.
Need to take a side dish to a potluck ? This Pomegranate Almond Rice is absolutely perfect. And you will see just how popular the rice is by the speed it disappears.
More Christmas recipes you might like:
- Christmas Fruit Mincemeat Pies
- Candy Cane Brownie Bites
- Christmas Breakfast: Ham Fritata
- Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes
- Double Peppermint Oreo Bark
Pomegranate Almond Rice
- 1 cup Vegetable Stock
- 1/2 cup Boiling Water
- 1 cup Basmati Rice
- 1/3 cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 t Coriander Seeds, crushed
- 1/2 t Ground Cumin
- 1/3 cup Almond Slivers, lightly toasted
- 1 TB Lemon Juice
- 2 t Parsley, chopped
- Place the Vegetable Stock, Water and Rice in a saucepan or rice cooker -cover - bring to the boil - reduce heat and simmer 18 - 20 minutes until done
- Combine all the remaining ingredients, except the Parsley, and stir through the cooked Rice
- Transfer Rice to a serving dish and sprinkle over the Parsley - serve warm
Yield4 Side Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 138 Total Fat 6g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 5g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 227mg Carbohydrates 17g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 3g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g