Raisins are the great stalwart of the store cupboard. The dried white grapes not only keep well, but they also lend themselves to a variety of sweet and savoury raisin recipes with global influences.
Most cooks have a stash of raisins knocking around in the kitchen cupboards somewhere - perfect for occasional snacking but also right at home in mueslis, cakes, breads and mincemeat and chutneys. What's more, they can even be soaked in alcohol like brandy or rum to add an extra dimension to their sweetness.
Take your pick of sweet and savoury recipes below and voyage around the globe, from India to Persia and the UK to Greece and release your sweet and succulent raisins into the best recipes.
Savoury cooking with Raisins
Lagan Nu Achaar (Indian Dry Fruit Pickle)
This traditional Persian sweet and savoury wedding recipe is chock a block with dried fruit. Find the recipe for dry fruit pickle here.
Spiced Pilau Rice with Raisins
Perfectly cooked pilau rice studded with thinly sliced crunchy almonds and succulent raisins serves as an irresistible main dish or side. Find the recipe for spiced pilau rice with raisins here.