Rice with Melted Leeks and Dried Fruit

Rice with Melted Leeks and Dried Fruit

Sweet and savory, this fragrant, colorful side dish can be served hot or at room temperature. Garam masala, the spice mix used for flavor, is a curry-powder-like blend from Northern India. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon curry powder.

  • 6Servings


  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium leeks, whites and tender green parts finely chopped (3 cups)
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. garam masala, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice


1 Melt butter in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add leeks, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired, and stir to combine. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until leeks are very soft, stirring occasionally.

2 Add dried fruit, garam masala, and 2 Tbs. water, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until fruit has softened slightly. Fold in cooked rice, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve dusted with additional garam masala (optional).

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 234
  • Carbohydrate Content: 45 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 10 mg
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 50 mg
  • Sugar Content: 17 g