“ Brand: Asda / Type: Rice „
I'm all for cooking quick meals, the quicker I can put something on the table the better and Asda's Smart Price Golden Vegetable Savory Rice helps me do that.
The packaging has changed a little from that shown in the picture but it's still basically the same, there's a bowl of fluffy golden coloured rice with flecks of carrot, red pepper and peas in it and that's exactly what you get when you cook this rice. There are all the usual lists on the reverse of the packet including ingredients, allergy advice, storage instructions etc. The cooking instructions couldn't be easier, simply pour 3/4 pint of cold water into a pan, add the contents of the packet, give it a quick stir and bring to the boil. You know when it's cooked when all the water has been absorbed by the rice, how simple is that? I do tend to stir mine occasionally whilst it's cooking so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. The contents do appear a bit dusty when you pour them into the water, but this is soon absorbed into the water and the finished rice is golden and dust free.
I like this rice as it has a nice flavour, it is slightly savory but not too overpowering if you want to serve it along side a chicken breast which I've done on many occasions and it compliments it very well. I've also served it cold on buffetts and it works well there too, it still maintains it's taste and texture, I just give it a quick fork through to loosen the grains before I serve it. In that respect it's very versalite.
My one little gripe about this rice would be that there aren't that many vegetables in it, just small flecks of carrot which you can't really taste, but they do add colour, small pieces of red pepper and a few peas, which on first inspection don't look very appealling, but plump up well when cooked.
However for 26p for a 120g packet you can't really complain about the appearance of the peas, it easily feeds two adults, three if they're not that hungry, it cooks on about 20 minutes and can be eaten either on it's own or as an alternative to potatoes. It has many uses.
Here's how I've used it in the past:-
Take some chicken strips and fry them in a frying pan, add frozen sweetcorn and peas to it and heat them through. Add a large tin of Heinz BBQ baked beans and a genorous dash of BBQ sauce and tomato sauce, heat well and then add a cooked packet of rice to the mix. Mix well and serve hot. If you like you can add some cooked gammon to it as well. Enjoy.
This is a very versatile product.
I love rice dishes and I like easy to prepare foods too! Anyone who regularly reads my foody reviews will by now will be fully aware that I'm not much a cook and really I have no interest in being one either lol. I only have to feed myself and I'm so busy with gym and dating that when I want food... I WANT IT NOW! So I always look for stuff that mostly I can bung in the microwave and it's job done.
After trying the savoury chicken rice from the 'Smart Price' range that is Asda's own brand of economy products and rather enjoying it I decided that this had to be a must try item so I picked up a few more of the savoury chicken rices and got a couple of this variety last time I was in store
White and green packet with a photograph of the rice on the front of it. I'm told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Golden Vegetable Savoury Rice 'Seasoned long grain rice with peas, carrots, red peppers and onions' and that it is an improved on recipe, is 120g in weight and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. On the back of the packet other information includes a list of ingredients and allergy advice, how to cook it (on the hob for 18-20 minutes with 3/4 of a pint of water), a full nutritional rundown is given as are contact details for Asda. Cheap looking packaging this is but it is robust enough to keep stored well and it is easy enough to tear into as well and lets not forget it is informative enough too!
Me And The Rice:
Well my first mistake was forgetting that I couldn't bung this in the microwave! However this is simple to prepare anyway (even for me lol). Open the bag and you met with lots of golden coloured, small flecks of rice with lots of 'chipping's of red peppers, carrots and flakes of onion, there are a few dried up green peas in there and the whole thing has a slightly dusty appearance (which is the seasoning that consists of turmeric, garlic powder and onion powder).
So all I did was tip the highly fragrant vegetable and rice mix into a saucepan with the recommended amount of water and brought it up to the boil in my saucepan and then simmered it for about 18 minutes further until it appeared cooked.
What I was met with was a yellow rice dish that had absorbed all of the water but remained looking moist. Yes the rice was small but it hadn't all clumped together and looked al dente and separated. The vegetables had held their colour and overall it looked really nice and smelt that way too!
Taste wise as I did the chicken rice from this range...I loved it. The riced was well cooked and not soggy though if I have one small complaint although it was a large portion (ideal for one as a snack) the rice was small. However it tasted great to be fair to it so that is only a small niggle. The carrots had no flavour to them at all but added a nice colour and there was an abundance of red pepper that had plumped out and gave a rather nice flavour and I could also detect a hint of the onion too in texture and in flavour.
Seasoned well, I personally felt no reason to further season it. It had a hint of garlic to it though nothing that made my breath stink for days after consuming it and basically all round I enjoyed it!
At 20p a packet I feel this is great quality. Great as a snack which is my chosen way to consume it but of course you can use it as a side dish to whatever you like! It's easy to cook and easy to digest and quite filling to! I highly recommend this for rice lovers and look at the tiny price of it!
Contains: gluten, wheat and celery/celeriac.
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Pack:
Energy: 199 Kcal
of which sugars: 0.5g
of which saturates: 0.3g
equivalent as salt: 1.2g
Only available in Asda stores.