Herbed Rice Pilaf
Wash the rice under cold running water, then drain well.
Heat the oil, add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the spices and rice and cook gently for 1 minute, stirring. Stir in the raisins and stock, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the chopped mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the pilaf into a warmed serving dish and garnish with fresh herb sprigs and a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts. Serve immediately.