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Persian Wild-Orange Rice Recipe

Persian orange flavored rice is delicious with the crunchiness of almonds and pistachios. Exotic and fabulous!

Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 20-30 minutes | Serves: 6-8

Orange flavored wild rise, persia


  • 2 large seedless oranges
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise seed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • salt and coarsely ground black pepper — to taste


  1. Peel oranges. Remove as much of white as possible from the oranges.
  2. In a blender, puree oranges, garlic, ginger, saffron, red pepper flakes, curry powder, cinnamon, dill, salt, orange juice concentrate, sugar, and anise.
  3. In a large skillet with lid, melt butter. Pour in contents of blender and chicken broth and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add rice and stir. Cover and cook rice according to its package directions.
  4. Stir gently to fluff; add almonds, pistachios, and parsley, and fluff again. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Pile into a serving dish and serve hot.

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