Making rice is a bit of a faff in my opinion, it's not rocket science but it's a faff, it takes ages to clean the pan afterwards & the boil in the bag stuff just isn't that great. Vetee dine in rice however is brilliant stuff, it is as fluffy as 'home made' rice without any of the messing and it is done in the microwave in just two minutes!
It isn't the cheapest rice out there, often costing £1.79 or so for a 300g tub which is meant to serve 2 people, but it is far superior to other types of microwave rice so is worth the extra cost. Also it is one of those products that is very often on offer in various supermarkets, sometime for as little as £1 a tub. There are a few varieties, long grain, basmati etc but this peri peri has a nice chilli kick with it. It is a red colour and is just a nice amount of spiciness. I usually have it with chicken and some sort of sauce, but very spicy sauces can be a bit much with the spiciness of the rice too!
It is simple to make, just peel back the cellophane lid a bit a stick it in the microwave for 2 minutes, then hey presto, perfectly cooked rice!
My one and only criticism is that there is not quite enough rice for two people in one packet, but a bit too much for one. Though I guess this depends on how hungry you are!
When I'm making a curry or something else like that of course I need rice as an accompaniment to it. However I just seem to always make a bit of a mess with rice even if I buy boil in the bag types and I tend to leave it by accident for it go to mush or something! So when I spotted this rice in a carton that you simply pop in the microwave I bought it and costing only a pound for a said carton it seemed a good deal to me!
Oblong white plastic carton with a see through and peel back lid. On the lid in black and red writing I am told that it is Vettee 'Discovering Great Taste', Dine In Peri Peri Rice and that it's made with natural rice and that you can microwave it in 2 minutes. There is a nutritional rundown chart displayed, I am told that it contains no artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives, I'm told how to cook it, ingredients are listed, allergy advice is given and I am told that it is suitable for Vegetarians, the size is stated which in this case is 280g and contact details for Vettee are given. It's plain and simple packaging but easy to understand etc.
The Rice Itself:
Moist and a bright orange in colour. It has a slight tangy tomato aroma to it and all you do to cook it is either pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes or alternatively you can stir-fry it with a little oil. Basically this is cooked rice so all you are doing is adding heat to it.
I microwaved mine and it came out hot and smelling still slightly of tomato's and slightly of garlic and of spices. It tipped out of the container with ease, wasn't one bit soggy or wet and was ready to eat!
Taste wise, well I shared a container of this with my flat mate. Not only does it cook with ease but it looks nice and rich in colour, isn't greasy and or stodgy and tastes really good too. As well as having a tomato aroma it tastes slightly of them too and there is a zing given from the lime juice which is added and a hint of a garlic flavour as well. It is a well seasoned basmati rice, that is well cooked and well formed. It is flavoursome, filling and all round a great rice, and for a pound a container I think that this offers excellent value for money!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: Trace
of which saturates: 0.4g
Equivalent as salt: 0.9g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.00 a carton and other flavours are available.