Until I travelled to Asia, I did not like eating my rice other than white, because of the gross fried rices served in most restaurants here, which I abhor. It has been first in Cambodia, then Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, that I discovered the true flavor of fried rice. Far from being oily, fried rice there is nicely seasoned and garnished differently from one country to another, but they all had in common the freshness and flavor of ingredients.
I propose today a recipe I developed on a lazy evening, with a nearly empty fridge, red rice leftovers from the day before and no much hope. As I got convinced by the colors and flavour of this dish, I decided to share the recipe with you Ingredients are red rice, green onions, broccoli and red peppers. Red rice is has a high nutritional value. Is is the rice which contains the most vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It is highly digestible and high in antioxidants. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, K, B2, B9, and possesses anti-cancer properties. Green onions and peppers are packed in antioxidants. Furthermore, peppers also contain beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and B6.
- 350 gr red rice
- 700 ml water
- 1 large broccoli
- 2 red peppers
- 2 green onions
- 2 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 stalk Thai lemongrass
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 4 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- Heat water in a saucepan. When it is boiling, add the washed rice. Cooking over medium heat until the water level reaches the rice. Cover the pan and finish cooking over very low heat, until the water is completely absorbed.
- While rice is cooking, chop the broccoli into bite-size chunks, wash and steam it. It must remain firm and crisp.
- In a wok, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger and lemongrass.
- Finely chop green onions and add to the wok.
- Wash the bell pepper, remove the stalk and seeds and chop it small dices. Add to the wok and cook until peppers start getting soft, for about ten minutes. Stir frequently.
- Add tamari or soy sauce and cayenne pepper. Stir.
- Add cooked rice and broccoli. Stir thouroughly.
- Remove the lemon grass stalk, sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve.