Fruited Rice Curry

    The contrast of sweet fruit and spicy rice is very appealing in this dish. I sometimes make a simple meal of this with plain yogurt alongside it, or accompany it with a saucy curry, such as Braised Curried Eggplant.

    SERVES 4

    3 tablespoons oil

    1 medium to large banana, sliced ВЅ inch thick

    2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

    ВЅ teaspoon turmeric

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 teaspoon ground coriander

    в…› teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and cut into ВЅ-inch dice

    8 dried apricots, cut into Вј-inch dice (в…“ cup diced)

    2 tablespoons raisins

    Grated rind of 1 orange

    в…“ cup coarsely chopped pecans or dry-roasted cashews

    2ВЅ to 3 cups cold cooked Perfect Brown Rice, made from 1 cup dry rice

    1 tablespoon butter, cut into bits

    ВЅ teaspoon salt

    1. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. SautГ© the banana for 1 minute, or just until lightly golden. Do not allow it to get mushy. Remove and set aside.
    2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the ginger and spices and cook for 1 minute. Add the fruit, orange rind, and nuts, and sautГ© for 5 minutes, stirring often.
    3. Add the cold rice, toss well, and cook, stirring frequently, until hot, about 7 minutes. Dot with the butter and add the salt. Add the reserved banana just before serving.

    NOTE: You can prepare this up to 24 hours in advance and reheat in a skillet on the stove, or in a covered baking dish in a 350В°F oven. Add the banana just before serving.