Growing up as a child, I watched my mum go to the farm and each time I followed her it always dawned on me the grasses I saw around. Little did I know most of the grasses I saw around were rice plant. Rice is a cereal food crop that belongs to the grass family with the botanical name as Oryza Sativa. Hmm Rice is unique because it grows on wet soil that other crops cannot survive on.
I thought to myself; could there be any home without Oryza Sativa? Certainly none. It is consumed in every home occasionally, while some have made it a special Sunday tradition. It can be cooked in various ways, as jollof rice, fried, white with sauce or stew, cooked white and mix it with milk and sugar, a combination of rice and beans, as well as so many other ways.
Rice is eaten at almost every Special Occasion; it is consumed by persons of every class and status, eaten by both the young and old. It is a major deal at every party involving children, so good they live sad when they aren’t served that ‘special rice’ from the Party. Speaking of the rice served at parties people enjoy eating it as though they haven’t had a taste of it before.
Although a lot of people consume rice yet are ignorant of its health benefits to being one of the healthiest meal in the human diet—rich in fiber, which reduces cholesterol level. It has the ability to provide fast and instant energy stabilizes blood sugar level and slows down the aging process and it improves the immune system and provides protection against dysentery and Cancer’ contains nutritious minerals and is very good antioxidants.
In the next few weeks, we will be taking a look at different rice recipes that you can make for you and your families delight.
This article features a tasty, simple family recipe of mixed vegetable rice, served with some roasted fish
250g Golden Basmati rice
1 Red bell pepper (sliced)
Frozen mixed vegetables
Cooked and peeled prawns (frozen or fresh)
½ medium size onion (chopped)
1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
Herbs, Spices and Seasoning: 1 clove garlic (grated), small chopped ginger (grated), 1 sprig thyme chopped, curry powder-mild or medium (1 tsp), black pepper (dash), white pepper (dash), ½ tsp. turmeric, ½ tsp. oregano, few chopped fresh parsley (alternatively ½ tsp parsley) 2 bay leaves, some fish seasoning liquid stock, and salt to taste
TIP: Depending on the size of your family, you may need to adjust the quantities. In the absence of the prawns, use just the mixed vegetables or you could add some seafood varieties if there are no allergies in the family
Put rice in a pot and fill with cold water so that it covers the surface. Drizzle a little olive oil, 2 bay leaves and a dash of salt. Bring to boil until almost cooked. Take off heat and drain off any liquid
In a bowl, add the mixed vegetables and season with grated ginger, grated garlic, drizzle very little olive oil, 1 sprig thyme (chopped), black pepper (dash), white pepper (dash), ½ tsp. turmeric, ½ tsp. oregano, few chopped fresh parsley (alternatively ½ tsp parsley)
Heat up a pan with 2tbsp olive oil.
Add the seasoned mixed vegetables, followed by the prawns and sauté for about 5-7mins. Add a little fish stock, then the sliced red bell pepper and curry powder (mild or medium)
Finally, add the almost cooked rice to soak up the flavours. Drizzle a little more olive oil if dry or add more liquid fish stock. Mixed properly and simmer for about 5-10mins. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed
Ready to ready to enjoy :). Tasty, simple, quick ….
Happy spicing and cooking!
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