Aleister Crowley, infamous occultist, has been revered and condemned for the many things he had to say and write about. The man was dubbed “the wickedest man in the world”, and even called himself “The Beast 666.” What is very amusing, and certainly insightful about a man so “wicked”, is that Crowley also made his own recipes.
Professor Jack, owner of the blog Music is the Heart, visited the Crowley Archive at Syracuse University and came out with a recipe written, and created, by Aleister Crowley. The recipe is filled with specific how-tos on testing and fluffing the rice, but does not provide us with actual measurements for the ingredients.
With a small amount of effort, here is Aleister Crowley’s Rice Pilaf recipe for today’s cooks.
By the way, it is worth making even if you believe Crowley was a Satanist. This is good rice pilaf. Tastes a bit like cinnamon raisin bread.
Aleister Crowley’s Rice Pilaf
2 cups rice pilaf
4 cups water
1/2 cup green pistachios-roughly chopped
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
6 tbs. butter
1/4 tsp. Cardamom
1/4 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp. Turmeric
1) Place the rice pilaf in a pan. Cook on low heat until the pilaf browns a little.
2) Remove the pilaf and set aside. In the pan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
3) Toss the pilaf into the boiling water. Let it cook for 8 minutes. Then remove a grain to test it. Test it by pressing “between finger and thumb. It must be easily crushed, but not sodden or sloppy.” Keep testing every two minutes until the pilaf is perfect.
4) Turn off the heat and pour the rice pilaf into a colander(cullender, to Crowley). Rinse the pilaf under cold water, then set aside to dry.
5) Crowley suggests fluffing the rice pilaf with a fork and using a “lifting motion, never pressing down.”
6) In the pan, add the golden raisins, pistachios, cloves, cardamom, turmeric, and the 6 tbs. of butter. Cook on low heat until the butter is melted and everything is warmed through. About 3-5 minutes.
7) Pour the rice pilaf into the pan with the sauce. Mix well.
8) When complete, Aleister Crowley’s Rice Pilaf will be like a “Poem of Spring.”
To make sure that Professor Jack gets his due for finding this, be sure to check out the original Riz Aleister Crowley recipe he found: Music is the Heart. You can save it and print it from there.
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