This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe was cardamom rice pilaf. It's a rice side dish with a hint of lemon and an Indian accent. It was simple to make and delicious. We typically have our brown or white rice plain or as fried rice. My five year old thought it was too "seasoned" but my six year old loved it.
The tiny seeds inside the cardamom pods were used to season the rice, along with some lemon zest and chicken broth. I was able to turn this side dish vegan by using better than bouillon no chicken base to instead of the chicken broth. The tiny cardamom seeds were crushed in the mortar and pestle to release their citrusy freshness. Since joining French Fridays, I've used my mortar and pestle twice, which is two more times than I've used it in the past ten years. I love being able to utilize my kitchen tools!
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