Mustafa’s Iraqi Turshana (Dried Fruit Compote)
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In a medium saucepan, place 1 cup of dried prunes, 1 cup dried apricots, and 1 cup golden raisins. Add water just to cover the fruits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 strip of lemon rind, 2 whole cloves and 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Stir and add a little water if necessary.
Return heat, reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until fruit has softened and syrup is thick.
Remove lemon rind and cloves.
Cook some rice on the side.
Chill several hours before serving with rice on the side, garnished with roasted almonds if desired.