Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recipe: Mel's Savoury Rice

Hey guys. Now I call this dish "savoury rice" because the colour, and the smell of it when it's cooking, really reminded me of that Batchelor's savoury rice- do you remember? The instant stuff that came in a packet that you added water to? I wonder if they still sell that any more, i used to quite like it! This dish however, is far superior to that packeted variety! It's sweet, tangy, and chock full of vegetables and chicken. It's perfect for me to eat either before or after a workout, because before the workout it works as a big portion of protein and carbs to fuel my time at the gymn, or after workout its great because usually i'm so hungry- a massive portion of anything is what I want! Maybe slightly defeats the purpose of excercizing to lost weight, if all it does is make me excessively hungry, but never mind!

Mel’s Golden Rice (1-2, depending on personal greed, lol)

80g basmati rice
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
½ onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
Handful fresh coriander, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp turmeric
6 spears asparagus, diced
½ red pepper, diced
Handful leftover roast chicken (preferably dark meat)
150ml chicken stock
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the basmati rice for 9 minutes in a pan of boiling salted water. Drain and set aside.
2. In the same pan, fry the onions, garlic and coriander for 3 minutes in the oil, stirring often. Add the spices, asparagus, red pepper and chicken, and stir fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, honey and sweet chilli sauce, and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
3. Add the reserved rice, and stir fry for a further 3 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been soaked up. Season to taste, garnish with a little extra coriander, and serve!

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