*Ms. Bacon suggests that the rice be rinsed first in order to remove excess starch.
Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a dry, nonstick skillet. When they start tto give off their characteristic aroma- in about 5 minutes- they are ready. Remove the rice from the heat; it should have absorbed all the liquid. If not, return the rice to the heat uncovered for a few minutes to finish evaporation. Transfer the rice to a large bowl and stir in the almonds, pistachios, raisins and apricots.