Sephardic Rice
a.k.a. "Pink Rice" from the Jews of Rhodes

Our family's recipe for Sephardic Rice is a true comfort food to me. It is an easy rice recipe that was the first dish my mother taught me to cook.

Rice is a staple in the Middle East, and this recipe is especially favored by the the Greek Jews of Rhodes, from where I proudly hail.

Serve Sephardic Rice with this okra recipe from the Jews of Rhodes.

The Sephardic Pink Recipe ~from Cooking for The King

1 cup long grained white rice, washed

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon oil

2 cups water

1 tablespoon ketchup

2 teaspoons salt

1. In a medium pot with a tight fitting lid, heat oil, rice and onion over medium high heat. Stir to coat rice with oil and cook about 5 minutes, stirring often until rice and onion are translucent.

2. Add water, ketchup and salt. Stir once, lower heat and cover. Cook without peeking for 20 minutes. Uncover, fluff rice with a fork and let sit 5 minutes with the lid on slightly ajar to allow steam to escape.

~makes 3 cups cooked rice~

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Cooking for The King by Renee Chernin
The book of Torah insights, recipes and practical tips
designed to bring majesty to the mundane.