Diane's Rice with Dates and Almonds

Diane's Rice With Dates And Almonds

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Denise McShea


This is an arabic recipe that my Mother has been making for years. Everytime I make it, people go crazy over it. It's easy and the most delicious rice dish you'll ever have. Thanks Mom for being such a wonderful cook! Sorry for no photos, but will add then later.


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
20 Min


  • 1 c
    jasmin rice
  • 1 bunch
    birds nest pasta
  • 2 c
    dried chopped dates (separated)
  • 1 pkg
    small package of slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 stick
    butter, cold
  • 2 c
    chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt or more to taste

How to Make Diane's Rice with Dates and Almonds


  1. In saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter until beginning to turn brown.
  2. Crumble in the birds nest and stir till pasta turns light brown. Immediately add the rice and 2 cups of chicken stock.

    note - the birds nest pasta can be found in any grocery store. Comes in a bag with multiple pasta nests inside. Once the bag is open, store the remaining nests in a container to preserve freshness.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add 1 cup of the dates, cinnamon and salt. Stir. Once at a boil turn down to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. When the rice is almost done, in a small frying pan, melt 1/2 stick butter and saute the other cup of dates and a small package of slivered almonds (not sliced) until the almonds are a light brown. They will start to caramelize - don't overcook. Set aside
  6. To serve the rice, place on a pretty oval platter. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and spread the sauteed dates and almonds on top.

Printable Recipe Card

About Diane's Rice with Dates and Almonds

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides Rice Sides
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Leave a Comment

Last Minute Recipes For A Simple July 4th Bbq

Last Minute Recipes for a Simple July 4th BBQ

Kitchen Crew

We love the Fourth of July for its patriotism, fireworks and of course food! I'm doing my patriotic duty and hosting a barbecue. To be honest, I haven't been as...

What To Make With A Box Of Penne

What to Make With a Box of Penne

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Boxed pasta can be a saving grace at dinnertime, but you don't have to settle on topping with an ordinary tomato sauce. Here are 10 recipes that'll help you create...

12 Outstanding Orzo Recipes

12 Outstanding Orzo Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

You know those days where you’re just craving pasta but don’t want to cheat on your diet? Orzo is your answer because it’s a healthier pasta option! And it’s good...