How to Make a Really Beautiful Rice Bowl

IN THE TIGHT-KNIT Assyrian group outdoors Washington, D.C., the place Marcelle Afram grew up, there was rice on the desk at most each meal. But this beautiful dish, identified merely as purple rice, was reserved for particular events.

Simmered simply till al dente with tomato pulp and saffron, the rice, true to its title, takes on a scarlet hue. Spiced with cumin, dotted with fava beans and chickpeas, and topped with fried onions, dill and a drizzle of yogurt, it makes a beneficiant centerpiece or very particular aspect for any event.


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