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This simply delicious rice recipe will make your taste buds explode with the amazing flavours it contains. Along with the multitude of aromas it carries. Whether its your main dish or side dish you can definitely enjoy this for lunch or dinner…you will never get bored of it.
Just follow this quick and easy guide to how to make it…
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- 1 cup of rice
- vegetable stock
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 2 cardamons
- 2 cloves
- 3 garlics
- one inch ginger
- diced green chilli
- half an onion
- one teaspoon of cumin seeds
- tomatoes (tinned/fresh)
- half teaspoon of garam masala
- Soak 1 cup of rice in water for 30-60 minutes.
- Measure 500ml of boiled water using a measuring cup, pour this into a pan, and then pour another 500ml of boiled water in.
- Take 2 teaspoons of the vegetable stock and add it to the water in the pan. Then, add the cinnamon stick, 2 cardamons and 2 cloves. Leave it for 15-30 minutes so that there is more flavour.
- Dice the onion, ginger and garlic,
- Now, in a separate pan on medium/low heat, put one tablespoon of coconut butter in. Then add the cumin seeds.
- After a minute, add the ginger and garlic and stir on low heat.
- Now add the onion to the pan and stir until it is golden brown (it doesn’t have to be completely brown).
- After a 1-2 minutes, add the garam masala and green chillies. You may also want to add salt to it, however, because the vegetable stock has salt already in it, you won’t need to add too much salt…probably only a pinch…but you can taste it later to test it.
- While waiting for the onions to cook a bit, take the tinned tomatoes and blend them in a food processor/blender.
- Once the onions have turned golden brown a bit, you can now add the blended tomatoes. This is a bit tricky. Just add enough but not too much. The tomatoes should just about be covering the top of the onions…but do not ‘drown’ it into the tomatoes.
- Stir the mixture and let it simmer for a bit on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. You will know its done when the tomatoes have soaked up and is less watery.
- Now, you can add the vegetable stock water. First, strain the water taking out the cinnamon stick, cardamons and cloves. Take 2 cups of the water and pour this into the pan.
- Strain the rice now, and put this into the pan with the vegetable stock water. Stir this around a bit.
- After stirring the contents of the pan a few times, test the taste…see if if needs more salt or chillies. Add them if needed.
- If everything tastes fine, place the lid on the pan and let the rice cook on medium/low heat, for 30-60 minutes.
- Keep checking on the rice and once the rice has soaked up the water and looks fluffy, it is now done. Have a quick taste to make sure it is done. If it doesn’t taste completely cooked, you can add some more vegetable stock water into the rice and cook it some more. However, it should be done.
- Always taste check the salt and chillies in step 14
- Always check the spice level of your chillies, it should be added according to your tolerance
- Dice the onion, ginger and garlic beforehand to make it easy and quick for you
- The rice should come out fluffy when they are done
- Do not cook on high heat ever, always cook on low/medium heat
- Soaking the rice for longer will help to make the rice fluffy
- Check the how hot your green chillies are, if they are too hot don’t add it all straight away. Add a bit in step 8, then while taste testing in step 14, see if you need to add more
- You can mix vegetables in it if you want in step 14
Try it yourself…