Pilaf, also known as pilav, pilau, pilafi, pulao, palaw, plov, polov, polo, and polu, is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown color by being stirred with pieces of cooked onion, as well as a mix of spices. Depending on the local cuisine, it may also contain meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, and dried fruits.
Pilaf and similar dishes are common to Balkan, Middle Eastern, Caucasian, Central and South Asian, East African, Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. It is a staple food and a national dish in Afghan, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bangladeshi, Balochi, Bukharan Jewish, Cretan, Kurdish, Indian, Iranian, Pakistani, Swahili (Kenyan and Tanzanian-Zanzibari), Uzbek, Tajik and Turkish cuisines.
Today i am presenting a simple saffron pilaf studded with almonds, raisins, cashews and lots of pomegranate pearls. The saffron gives a mild lemony color to the pilaf along with that magical aroma where as the nuts give a royal texture and bite to the pilaf. Pomegranate pearls add on the beauty of the pilaf along with enhancing the fruity flavor required. The pomegranate and dry fruit pilaf is pretty close to the Kashmiri pulao where lots of fresh fruits are used along with nuts. I often make this when ever i have guests at home. So now you know that when you have guests at home, treat them with this rich pilaf and gather all the praises you deserve.