Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine NutsI’ve got a special treat for you today, a lovely Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts dish and a book release party!

In the last couple years, I’ve made some great friends within the blogging community. Individuals who’s heart, talent and friendship is something to be sought after. I feel very fortunate.

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts #vegan #glutenfree #recipes

Today I’m celebrating with one of these friends, Faith Gorsky from An Edible Mosaic.

Faith has just released her first cookbook: An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.

This post is part of a virtual book launch party honoring all the time and effort Faith put into this marvelous book. Whoot!

An Edible Mosaic Book Cover

An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair has over 100 Middle Eastern recipes, with many dishes from the Levant, and other areas of the Middle East.

As a newlywed,  Faith spent six months living in the Middle East, where she fell in love with the culture and cuisine.

After multiple return trips, Faith has become a “mother-in-law taught” expert on authentic regional Middle Eastern cuisine.

Easy Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts #vegan #glutenfree #recipes

She has brilliantly taken these traditional dishes and streamlined them for modern cooks.

Faith’s book is available to order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

You can also visit Faith’s blog to check out her Virtual Book Launch Party, see the other bloggers participating, and enter a giveaway with fabulous prizes!

Gluten Free Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts #vegan #glutenfree #recipes

This healthy Saffron Rice Recipe with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts is from Faith’s new book. It’s gluten free and vegan, although you could add protein to it easily. A aromatic dish, colored and scented with saffron! Faith suggests serving it with Middle Eastern Shrimp in Tomato Sauce (also in the book.)

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts would also make a wonderful Gluten Free side dish for Thanksgiving!

Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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“ROZ MLOW’WAN” Recipe courtesy of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair by Faith Gorsky (Tuttle Publishing; Nov. 2012); reprinted with permission.


  • 1 1/2 cups (325 g) basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 1 3/4 cups (425 ml) boiling water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)


  1. Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  2. Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed lidded saucepan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the onion to the saucepan you cooked the pine nuts in, and cook until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sultanas, boiling water, salt, and saffron (or turmeric), turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil.
  4. Give the rice a stir, then cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to very low, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes (do not open the lid during this time). Turn the heat off and let the rice sit (covered) 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts on top; serve.
  6. OPTIONAL Add two pods of cardamom, two whole cloves, and one 2-inch (5 cm) piece of cinnamon stick at the same time that you add the rice.
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43 comments on “Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

  1. Julia Stearns @ Healthironyposted March 27, 2019 at 7:36 am Reply

    Legit speechless, that saffron rice with golden raisins and pine nuts recipe look unreal! Definitely, I will make it on the weekend for my family.

    Rating: 5
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  3. Kyposted October 31, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

    I made this a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit with my family. Delicious! Have made it several times since. On the menu tonite and making my mouth water!

    Rating: 5
  4. Maydanneposted August 17, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

    I have added coconut oil and ghee instead of olive oil and 4-5 cloves and 1 anise to make this recipe rich. I have also made your 15 Bean Salad to side this recipe. My next trial will be your Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta.

    My husband hails from UAE so I use to make him Arabic dishes. One such recipe which i tried recently and came out well is Kuwaiti Chicken Biryani . I will share you with the link if you want to try with :

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  9. Rachel @ Bakeritaposted November 14, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply

    Looks amazing! Growing up, my best friend’s family was from Iran, and her mom would always make us saffron rice with pine nuts and raisins, and it was always my favorite. I would eat so much of it! Sooo delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  10. Amy Tongposted November 14, 2012 at 2:04 am Reply

    This is truly an amazing recipe. Can’t wait to check out other recipes in the book! :)

  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Gorgeous dish, Sommer. Mmmmm…I love golden raisins and pine nuts!

  12. The Food Houndposted November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm Reply

    I saw this pic on your FB page and had to check it out! I have a jar of saffron just begging to be used. I love the option of all the added spices, too. I gotta get this cookbook!

  13. JulieDposted November 12, 2012 at 10:24 am Reply

    I love love this, Sommer! Looks so good and the cookbook looks awesome!

  14. Jean | Lemons & Anchoviesposted November 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Such pretty pictures of Faith’s delicious saffron rice dish. I think all of us lucky enough to get an early copy of the recipe really enjoyed it. Your version looks great, Sommer. :)

  15. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted November 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply

    I have been eyeing this cookbook and what gorgeous photos Sommer!

  16. [email protected]posted November 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Great to see Faith have such support. You did justice to the recipe. Looks good.

  17. Heidi @ Food Doodlesposted November 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Your rice looks lovely! I love the little strands of saffron! I used turmeric in mine, it’s interesting to see the difference. I think I need to try the rice again the other way :D

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted November 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Your rice looks beautiful, I need to try it!

  19. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted November 10, 2012 at 6:22 am Reply

    I love seeing all of these amazing recipes :) Looks so comforting!!

  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted November 10, 2012 at 2:07 am Reply

    Amazing! I love those bright little raisins scattered through out!

  21. Faithposted November 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for your beautiful post, Sommer! I am truly honored to have you participating. xo

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted November 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm Reply

    this looks amazing! I love this flavor combination!

  23. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm Reply

    What a great book! I have seen several recipes from other sites using Faith’s cookbook! I have to check it out on Amazon!! The rice dish looks amazing!!

  24. Belinda @zomppaposted November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Loving everyone’s versions of this most favorite dish!

  25. MaryMohposted November 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Beautiful rice….love it!

  26. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted November 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply

    This is gorgeous rice. I can practically taste the saffron right now. Soooo good!

  27. Erikaposted November 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Beautiful photos as always!!! I’ve always loved Faith’s blog.. I know her book will be just as amazing.

  28. Kim - Liv Lifeposted November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Isn’t the launch fun?? I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s versions of Faith’s dish. Love your photos. The golden hue of that staffron rice really is lovely!

  29. Chrisposted November 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm Reply

    The book cover is exquisite. Congratulations Faith!
    I love MiddleEastern cuisine. It is so healthy, tasty and diversified that we should incorporate more of these dishes into our home menus! Thank you Faith and thank you Sommer.

  30. Kristen M.posted November 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Great looking recipe. I love middle eastern dishes, especially the spices.

  31. Lori Lynnposted November 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Faith’s recipe rocks! It is such a pleasure to support her.
    Your photos are gorgeous Sommer!

  32. Paula - bell'alimentoposted November 9, 2012 at 11:30 am Reply

    That rice looks amazing. I’m a sucker for saffron.

  33. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted November 9, 2012 at 10:39 am Reply

    Yaaaaay! So glad to see you were a part of Faith’s cookbook release party!! You did a wonderful job and your rice looks like it turned out fantastically!! You did a wonderful job with your photographs, too (as always!) I’m excited for Faith and can’t wait to make my way through her book one recipe at a time :)

  34. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am Reply

    I love Middle Eastern food, but I’ve always been a little too intimidated to cook it. I definitely want to pick up this book–the rice looks fantastic!

  35. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)posted November 9, 2012 at 8:31 am Reply

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this cookbook. Middle Eastern is probably my favorite ethnic cuisine and everything I’ve heard about her new books sounds wonderful!

  36. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted November 9, 2012 at 8:17 am Reply

    Yuuuuum! I loved it too! And now I miss it.

  37. Andrea Mastersonposted November 9, 2012 at 7:33 am Reply

    I am visiting from Faith’s site- looks like I’ve found another blog to read :-)

  38. Cindy Brickleyposted November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

    I had bought “An Edible Mosaic Cookbook” and I love it. This Rice Dish will be served at my Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you so much for posting.

  39. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am Reply

    Just the kind of weeknight dish I love to make. Would probably serve it with stir-fried veggies and shrimp. Looks great Sommer!

  40. Jeanetteposted November 9, 2012 at 7:15 am Reply

    Gorgeous photos Sommer – love the saffron threads running through the rice. I love Faith’s new cookbook – I’ve made a bunch of recipes from it already and everything has come out so good! I can’t wait to try this recipe and many more from An Edible Mosaic.

  41. Lettyposted November 9, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply

    Hi! I am visiting from Faith’s site, and I just love the little “nibbles and bits” of your site that I have perused. Your photography is AH-MAZING! I had better subscribe so that I don’t miss out!

    • Sommerposted November 9, 2012 at 7:48 am Reply

      Thanks Letty, I’m so glad you like ASP and am always happy to make new friend!

  42. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted November 9, 2012 at 6:22 am Reply

    This rice looks so fabulous! Love your photos. And I’m so excited for this cookbook!!