Rice Pilaf with Raisins

Tasty, aromatic, with a sweet aftertaste and oriental origins. Rice pilaf with liver, pine nuts, butter and fresh aromatic oriental spices.
Very easy, hearty and tasty dish.
Try it!
work: 30′ time: 01h:00′ easy: 2/5

Ingredients (3 servings)

  • 250 gr/ 8.8 oz long grain rice
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp fresh butter
  • 50 ml/ 1.7 floz olive oil
  • 1 white onion, finelly chopped
  • 200 gr/ 7.1 oz chicken livers
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 500 ml/ 16.9 floz water or chicken broth
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp spice & cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 Tbsp dill, chopped (optional)
Peel the excess fat and fiber from the liver, wash and scald with a little boiling water, just to change color and stiff to make chopping easy.
In a bowl add hot water and rice and let it soak.
In another bowl add cold water and soak the raisins to swell.
Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the butter and olive oil.
Sauté the pine nuts until lightly browned. Carefully, because it burns easily.
Add the chopped onion and let it wither and polish.
Drain rice and add to pot.
Continue sauteing, stirring.
Add the chopped liver, sugar, spices and seasoning.
Cook for 3'-4' and add broth or water.
Cover the saucepan with its lid and let to boil for 10'-15', until the broth has evaporated and the rice is cooked.
Five minutes before the end, drain the raisins and add to rice. Mix.
Remove from heat, put a clean kitchen towel under the lid and let it stand for 10 minutes.
Serve the Rice pilaf, in a heated platter, and if we want sprinkled with dill to give it spring style!


  1. Ce riz au raisin a un aspect merveilleux, un vrai délice, j'adoreeeeeeeee!!!!!!

    1. C'est délicieux si vous aimez les foies de volaille. :)


  2. This recipe is a first for me. This sounds like the sweet saffron rice from Persian traditions. Cinnamon,sugar and raisins will blend well too.

    1. Yes, is a delicious combination of these ingredients.

      Thank you!

  3. OK, so, 10 minutes ago, I sat down in front of my computer to check my e-mails and google reader updates. I also had my lunch on a tray, which I brought along from my mother (in a tupperware contaiter), when I visited her last weekend. And it was THAT food! The exact same! With a salad on the side. Now, that's a coincidence. This is one of my favorite recipes ever! I would recommend to anyone who hasn't tried it, to do so, asap.

    1. Madame Pelagie, τι σύμπτωση!
      Φαντάζομαι το γεύμα της μαμάς πόσο νόστιμο θα ήταν.

      Σ΄ευχαριστώ πολύ-πολύ για το όμορφο σχόλιο!

  4. this risotto, with the use of the liver and raisins, is tasty and unusual but to try. Laura

    1. It's unusual but do not forget that is a dish of the Orient! :)

  5. Replies
    1. Hi Diane.
      Some oriental flavors are very popular for us.