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Vegetable Pilaf

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  Basmati rice 12 Ounce (350 Grams)
  Saffron threads 15
  Onion 5 Ounce, sliced (150 Grams)
  Leek 1 Medium, cleaned and sliced
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Waxy potatoes 5 Ounce, diced (150 Grams)
  Carrots 5 Ounce, sliced (150 Grams)
  Green beans 5 Ounce, sliced (150 Grams)
  Courgettes 5 Ounce, sliced (150 Grams)
  Tomato 5 Ounce, skinned, seeded and flesh chopped (150 Grams)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Flat leaf parsley 1 Ounce, chopped (25 Grams)
  Fresh dill 1 Ounce, chopped (25 Grams)
  Finely chopped mint 1 1⁄3 Tablespoon (1 Teaspoon Plus 1 Tablespoon, Fresh Ones)
  Lemon 1

Put the rice in a bowl, pour in cold water and swirl the rice and water with your hand.
Drain and repeat this process until the water runs clear as you drain it.
Return the rice to the bowl, fill it once more with cold water and leave to soak 20 minutes.
Put the saffron strands to soak in 50 ml (2 fl oz) boiling water.
In a heavy-bottomed casserole fry the onion and leek in the olive oil over low heat until transparent.
Add the potatoes, carrots, green beans, courgettes, chopped tomato, saffron and its liquid and sprinkle with the salt and some pepper.
Stir, then cover and let them simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain the rice and spread it in an even layer over the vegetables.
Pour in 700 ml (1 1/4 pt) water, then sprinkle with 15 g (1/2 oz) each chopped parsley and dill, 1 teaspoon chopped mint and the finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon.
Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until craters form on top of the rice.
Remove from the heat, cover the top with a piece of cheesecloth or muslin (or a tea towel) and replace the lid.
Put in a warm corner of the kitchen for 20 minutes for the rice to steam and for all the water to be absorbed.
Turn out onto a warmed serving platter, so that the vegetables are on top.
Sprinkle with the remaining chopped parsley, dill and mint.
Drizzle with the juice of the lemon and serve.

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