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Simple, Tasty Rice
Rice & Pasta Dishes
Member Name: wilbur_78
Rice & Pasta Dishes
Advantages: Surprisingly satisfying versatile for your own pallet
Disadvantages: Not sure how well it'll do in a pan as opposed to rice cooker
Rice is great with sauce based dishes. I love a good curry and the more sauce to mop up the rice the better. However after trying to kick start a healthier approach recently and cutting a few calorific items from my diet I found rice to be too bland and it fell out of favour. I was determined not to slip and so started experimenting with a few different bits and bobs and below is a simple recipe to pep up a steady staple without racking up the calories.
Prep time: 15 mins approx
Cook Time: 15 mins (with a Rice Cooker)
Ingredients (based on 2 people in my experience)
1 cup of Basmati Rice (the cup I use is about 200ml)
2 cups of water (400ml using the same cup I used for the rice)
1 small/medium onion (finely chopped)
3 Garlic gloves (through a garlic press ideally)
1 ½ teaspoons of crushed chilli
½ teaspoon of salt (reduced sodium for those watching their intake)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
½ teaspoon of basil
2 tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce
How you cook your rice is purely up to you however I've always struggled weighing and measuring to cook rice properly therefore the above is based on using a rice cooker so.....
Basically I throw all the ingredients cold into the rice cooker cold with the exception of the soy sauce. Stir it to mix and leave to infuse for 5 - 10 minutes.
Turn on your rice cooker.
About half way through the cooking process I give a stir to make sure the flavours are as evenly distributed hen leave until the cooker lets you know that it's cooked. At this point I add the Soy Sauce and stir through and let rest for a couple of minutes.
Serve up as it is or I like to break up steamed salmon fillets and mix in too.
Summary: peps up rice nicely without adding major calories
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