Armenian Rice Pilaf With Raisins & Almonds

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"Pilafs are popular all over Armenia and countries once ruled by the Ottoman Empire."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (260.4 g)
  • Calories 750.7
  • Total Fat - 43.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 38.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1361.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 74.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 13.2 g
  • Sugars - 21.2 g
  • Protein - 22.5 g
  • Calcium - 183.4 mg
  • Iron - 4.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter.

Step 2

Break or crush the vermicelli into 1-inch lengths. Add the pasta and rice to the butter and stir often until golden, about 5-8 minutes, being careful not to burn the vermicelli.

Step 3

Add the broth, allspice and salt and pepper. Bring to a full boil over high heat, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender to bite, about 20 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan over medium heat, melt remaining 1 or 2 tablespoons butter.

Step 5

Add the almonds and stir often until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the raisins and stir until they puff, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 6

Stir peas if using, parsley and lemon juice into rice. Cover and simmer until peas are hot, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 7

Pour pilaf into a serving bowl or on a platter and sprinkle with the raisin and nut mixture over the top. (Diced dried dates, figs, apricots or chopped walnuts may also be used in this topping.)


No special items needed.

9 Reviews

dienia b

Very good rice easy to do


review by:
(18 Jun 2023)


We liked this rice. The store didn't have vermicelli, so I used skinny egg noodles. It has a nice flavor that is not overpowering. The topping was good, too. I made this for The Amazing Race game in the forums.


(26 May 2023)


We absolutely loved this rice! It was super quick to put together. Loved that the almonds and raisins weren't mixed in with the rice, and they made a very tasty topping. I made extra for the leftovers, to make sure we would get some topping with every bite! This will definitely make it into our regular rice rotation!


review by:
(24 Oct 2021)


I didn't have long grain rice so I used Yamani rice instead.(An organic short brown rice) It came out more looking like a risotto because of the rice I used. A fantastic risotto I have to add. Loved the flavors and different textures. The sweetness of the raisins, the mild acidity of the lemon, the crunchiness of the almonds. Yummm!


review by:
(6 Sep 2017)


We enjoyed this flavorful rice very much. Loved the different textures in this quick and easy to make dish. I didn't add the peas and garnished with fine pistachios, sliced almonds and golden raisins. Thanks for sharing Nat. It was wonderful. Made for CQ4 - Turkey.


review by:
(1 Aug 2017)

Smells Like Salad

I adored this rice, too. But then again rice IS my favorite food! I completely forgot that I had used up the surplus of raisins for another recipe last week and in its place I subbed dried dates. Whole allspice replaced ground and it was crushed in a pestle and mortar. The fresh parsley was garnished on top of the rice just before serving to give the dish an additional pop of color. Loved this! Prepared for CQ 2017.


(25 Jul 2017)

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