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French Fridays with Dorie: Cardamom Rice Pilaf

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 216
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion , finely chopped
  • seeds from 7 cardamom pod , bruised
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice , such as basmati
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste


  • Put a medium saucepan over low heat and pour in the oil.
  • Add the onion to the hot oil; add cardamom seeds and continue to cook and stir for about 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and everything is nicely coated with oil.
  • Increase the heat to medium; add in the rice, and cook and stir until it is warmed through.
  • Increase the heat, pour in the broth or water; stand back, it may sputter; stir, and bring to a boil.
  • Toss in the lemon zest, season with salt and pepper, and give everything a last stir.
  • Decrease heat, cover, and cook the rice until it is tender and has absorbed all (or almost all) of the liquid, 10-15 minutes, depending of the rice you've used.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the rice sit for 2 minutes before fluffing it with a fork and serving.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 6 
Nutrition Facts
French Fridays with Dorie: Cardamom Rice Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 473mg20%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.