Yesterday, I mentioned the raisin-and-pine nut rice recipe that my mum's friend Amal, who was from Syria, had taught her to make. I remember spending wonderful Fridays with Amal and her family; her daughter Ala was one of my best friends, and her little boy Mounir boldly took ballet with my sister and me! Sometimes we would all leave Baghdad and head into the desert for a picnic, for instance by the Tower of Samara, pictured in this post.
Some of you asked if I'd share Amal's recipe, so here it is! It's very easy.
Peel and chop 1 onion
Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a pan
Brown the onion and 1/4 cup pine nuts in the oil
Add 2 cups of long rice, and stir until the rice is shiny
Add 3 cups of water and cook over low heat until rice is tender
Add 1/2 cup raisins
Season to taste